Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It's a Book!
I want to sing, I want to dance. I feel like I just caught a brand new baby that burst forth into the world. I am excited to say the least. A bit surprised at how excited I am. My friend, Rae, just sent me the proof copy of her novel, The Eve Tree. She is currently living in Nepal and it just made more sense to keep it state's side.
Mark and I have been blessed by being a little bit involved in the 4 years of this book's creation. I originally gave her a little seed of an idea for the story (although I had no idea at the time) when I told her how I sat in the bath tub with a glass of wine, while firefighters were busy at work all around our cabin during our 2003 Canoe Fire. That image somehow struck a chord with her and a story began to grow. Later, she had us read the second draft and then later specific chapters for insights and to make sure she didn't make any glaring mistakes. This is not a book about our fire though, although there are bits of reality here and there. It is simply a wonderful story about a woman finding her place in the world and was mostly created in the mind of our friend. Amazing. Awesome. I am spell bound. Does every book go through this process?
I feel a bit like a midwife and I am very proud of the new mama, aka author, and her prodigy. She did good. (Good thing I didn't write the book, huh?) I can't wait to buy a whole truckload (maybe a slight exaggeration) of books to offer to all my friends and family and strangers on the street. Until then here is a sneak peak at the real live book. The cover was designed by her superstar husband, Chinua. Cool, huh?
If you follow our blog, you probably remember the Ford family. If not, you can see them here and here and here. And you could also learn more about their lives and the amazing author on her blog, journeymama.com