Christiane Heggan's Blog
Friday, September 16, 2005
book deadline vs. sewing
Sounds like a boxing match, doesn't it? I keep receiving those gorgeous fabric samples, but for now, the sewing machine has been put away. When I needed clothes to go to the Waldenbooks conference in Phoenix, bought.
The ms. is going fairly well. I'm sticking to my schedule of getting up at four every morning and doing about two hours' work before my husband gets up. I'm at the editing stage right now, so hopefully, most of the kinks will be worked out as I go. It happens, you know, those little hurdles along the way that bring you to a dead stop, or make you wake up in the middle of the night and break out into a cold sweat because you can't solve the problem. Fortunately, I keep a Post-It and a pen beside my bed and I've learned to write in the dark. I make myself a note and tackle the whole thing the following morning--at 4.
The new book, Now You Die, will be in stores in about six weeks. Most of the booksignings have been scheduled, which means that I'll get a chance to see some old familiar faces. That's one of my favorite things--talking to the fans and hearing their feedback.
Got to run. Take care,
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
News of Phoenix, drawings, new book due out soon
Hi, everyone. I just realized that it's been ages since I "blogged" and it's time to get back in touch.
I just came back from Phoenix where Borders' Express (formerly Waldenbooks), had their District Managers Conference. It was much hotter than I'm used to, but after a couple of days, you take it all in stride. It's just a different kind of life out there.
The DMs were extremely nice, very friendly, and anxious to read the new book, Now You Die, due in stores in November. I signed about 130 books and had a chance to meet one of Mira's hard working sales rep. The dinner itself was fun. All three of us, Christina Sky, Brenda Joyce and myself, sat with several DMs and talked up a storm. After the dinner, the three authors gave a little talk before moving to the bar area for drinks.
It was good spending time with my friend Christina Sky, and make a new friend, Brenda Joyce. I'm going to lose those ten pesky pounds and steal the jeans she wore that night. She'll never know who took them.
Once back home, Bob and I drove to our friends' house in North Jersey, then went to Manhattan to see the Cezanne/Pissaro exhibition at the MOMA. Fabulous. What a talented twosome. We finished off the day by having dinner at a wonderful restaurant called Cafe Matisse. We sat outside in the garden, surrounded by flowers, fountains and waterfalls. What a setting. Matisse would have approved.
Now, it's back home and to reality, meaning trying to make the deadline (November 1st) at about the same time the new book (Now You Die) comes out. You can read an excerpt on my website (www.christianeheggan.com) starting on or about October 15. Don't forget to enter the drawing. Details will be given on the website, but you can enter right now by sending me your name and street address. The drawing ends on October 28 and winners will be notified soon after.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Searching for a drawing prize
I swore that finding a prize for my next drawing wouldn't consume all my time, but somehow, it has. Since a little Cupid charm plays such a large part in my next book, Now You Die, naturally, I wanted to find one of those little charms. Not so easy. A friend gave me a website address where she thinks she saw a golden Cupid with bow and arrow, and I'll go take a look later today because that sounds exactly like what I'm looking for.
If any of you have seen them around, let me know. It shouldn't be more than an inch or so (to fit on a bracelet). I know, it's shameless enlisting the help of friends and fans, but I'm desperate.
I'm looking forward to spending a week at the New Jersey shore and I'm trying to decide whether or not I'll take my manuscript with me. If I manage to do enough pages before I leave, the ms. stays home, otherwise....
By the time I get back, I'll be getting ready for my trip to Phoenix where I'll be speaking, and signing books, at the Waldenbooks District Managers' Meeting. I've never been to one, so I'm really looking forward to it and meeting those terrific booksellers in person. I'm staying in Phoenix three days, not enough time to go see the red rocks in Sedona, but maybe next time.
Then in October I'll be signing books at the Independent Booksellers Association Tradeshow in Atlantic City. I hope to see you many of you there, so stay tune for further news later this fall.
I'll sign out because I want to make some Chicken Parmigiani to take to the shore and I'd like to do it before it gets too hot.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
news from the RWA Conference in Reno
Wow! In all the years I have attended RWA conferences, I never heard such a disgruntled crowd of attendees. I must have received more than a dozen phone calls from friends who attended (I didn't) and the comments about the award ceremonies were unanimously bad, bad, bad.
What happened? The conference, and especially the award ceremonies were supposed to celebrate twenty-five wonderful years, but apparently that wasn't the case. What a shame.
I'm glad I stayed home. Spent the time writing, so I wouldn't feel guilty about driving to the shore for a whole day to visit friends last Tuesday. What a great day. It was hot, but without any humidity. We had a great lunch--Manhattan clam chowder from a place called Boulevard Clams. Yum. That was followed by clams on the shell and champagne. And if you don't think we were hungry for dinner a few hours later, think again. We went to the Yellow Fin in Surf City--a fabulous restaurant. I could have made a meal of the appetizer--huge pieces of lump crab meat served over a thick gazpacho, a layer of guacamole and cilantro, served in a large martini glass. Heavenly. Then, since obviously, I was in the mood for shellfish, I ordered a lobster tail that was perfectly cooked and served with a butter/lime sauce. I have to do the crab in the martini thing for company. You can't imagine how pretty it is with all those different colors.
My bookmarks have arrived. Gorgeous. Don, my printer really did a great job, but then he always does. Oh, and I also received some early fall fabrics and although I made my list of what I want to order, I'm wondering when I'll find the time to do any sewing. My sewing machine is sitting on a table, looking sad....
Okay, this is running a bit long, so, until next time, bye.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
hot, hot, hot
I'm constantly humming that song these days as there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight from the opressive heat. The weather has forced me to stay indoors and work. As a result, I now have 210 pages done (out of about 400). Not bad.
I'm also preparing the update for my website to which I will include two more recipes for the busy woman. That section of the website always generates a lot of e-mails. Women are too busy to cook, but occasionally they want something special, and quick. If that describes you, check out the website. This time around I'll include a recipe from a friend of mine, or rather two friends--Nick Biennes and Rhea Gallaher, better known as Judith Gould, the bestselling author of the book SINS. Nick and Rhea spend a lot of time in Greece and always come back with mouthwatering recipes, which they were nice enough to share with me.
I'll also include an excerpt from NOW YOU DIE, my November book, and information on how to enter my drawing--very easy. I don't know what the prize will be yet--but it will be nice.
I've got to run, but I'll see you soon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
worries across the Atlantic
The terrible bombing in London last week brought new worries about our friends, whom, thank God, are all right. Many phone lines were down, including land lines, and getting through was frustrating.
Then news that Dennis (the hurricane) was about to strike came out and the other side of the Atlantic was worried about how far up the East Coast Dennis would travel. Cindy brought some mighty storms in this area and even a couple of tornados. We don't know yet what's in store for Dennis.
Well, the baseball tournaments will be over tonight. Win or loose, the boys did great and we're proud of them. Sunday, after a night game, Zak was awarded the Most Valuable Player award, and Alek had three fabulous hits yesterday, which helped his team win 16-O. Tonight is the championship game and you can bet we'll be there.
Christina Skye and I spent some time together, and although the weather made it impossible to have a barbecue, we still had a great time. I haven't had a chance to do any sewing. Too busy with the book and the ever looming deadline. Speaking of deadlines, I'd better sign off.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Post 4th of July
As much as I love long, lazy holiday weekends, I'm sort of glad it's all over. I must have gained twenty pounds from all that wonderful food. We had decided early to avoid Philadelphia altogether because of the Live 8 Concerts being held on the Parkway, and celebrate with friends and family instead. The Philadelphia event was a huge success. Reports said that we were expecting close to a million people. I don't know if we came close or not. Probably. Of course the city now has to clean up all that trash, so we'll stay away a few more days.
The neighborhood parties were wonderful, and we couldn't have had better weather. Everywhere I went, someone wore something patriotic, the tables were decorated with little flags. It was great.
Hope your holiday was just as fun. I'm back to work now. Write, write, write. It's a short week so I'm not sure I'll be able to do my 50 pages. Before I go back to the manuscript, however, I'm going to do 30 minutes on the treadmill. That should burn about 200 calories, right? Talk to you later.