Kissing the Bee is just about. . . in stores. . . right now, so here is a taste.

For me, there is nothing so satisfying to write about than a trio of characters, that push-me-pull-you tension between three people, where alliances shift, closeness ebbs or rises, a hierarchy develops (and shatters) (or not), and so on. It’s an elastic configuration where just about anything can happen, and Kissing the Bee is pure triangle.

What I also loved about this book was the chance to write a character like Dana, who is level-headed, wry, funny, smart, deep-hearted — and at the same time so in hiding from what she wants, what she needs, and what she knows is going to happen, that the inevitable burstings-forth are like a fountain in the sun: sparkling, unexpected, pure flash and pleasure. Quite a kid. I love her a lot.