Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We're Still Hanging In!

Thanks for all of your warm thoughts concerning baby - we're still hanging in, trying to squeeze out every last day. I'll let you know when the wee one arrives, but we're officially 'out of the woods' now and the baby should be fine. In the meantime, I was able to sneak away and watch the new Harry Potter movie, which I found fantastic! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Of course, on the way out I spied a poster for New Moon, which was inspiring! I'm all ready counting down until November....

The Dying Breath will be out in two months (can you believe it!) and I'm ready for all of you to read it so you can find out what happens to Cameryn and Justin! I just completed a really interesting interview for an amazing woman named Deborah Krueger Hipes that focused on The Circle of Blood. In addition to teaching a class at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis Campus, Deborah presents a seminar for the Bureau of Education & Research where she has recommended my YA novels. We had a teleconference where her students asked me questions. I guess it's startling when I really start to count how many brushes I've had with death, and I thought once again about the impact it's had on me. In the end, I really feel you've got to find happiness in all the good/great things you're given, which, if you really think about it, will be a LOT! The funny thing is that I really am not in the least bit morose, which is what people expect when they find out I write forensic mysteries. I wanted to share some of Deborah's kind words she emailed to me afterward:
Hi Lanie,

It was soooo much fun talking to you yesterday. You were delightful. My teachers were mesmerized, & still talking about you fifteen minutes after the call. You may have had lots of episodes with death in your life, but you are truly FILLED with LIFE. Thanks for talking with us--especially during a really stressful time with another new life in your life! I hope everything goes well for your daughter & her new baby. (Please let me know what you get.) :~)

So - my thought for today, as I await another major addition to my family - is to smile :) and remember how fleeting is our time on planet earth. Make it count - give someone you love a hug today! You won't be sorry!


Pirate Princess said...

YAY! So glad she's made it to a safer delivery time - I know that makes it easier for everyone to breathe. :)

You know, I have often reflected your comments at the BYU Young Writers Conf. about how your family was your legacy - very profound, and I appreciated hearing it from someone who has already walked the walk. Thank you for being so frank and open. I just got back from day surgery with my little one - and I enjoyed every last second of him sitting still on my lap. I wish it didn't take drugs to get him to sit still, but I took advantage of the moments given to me. :D

Anonymous said...

the dying breathe in two months?!?!?! so in september?? ahhhh i cant wait ive been waitin for this book!! it feels like forever since ive been waitin but now its closer then ever!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just finiched the circle of blood. I originally just read the angel of death and i didn't even know of the christopher killer. These books are so good though. I hope to get the christopher killer soon. I'm not going ot lie these books are getting me into death and making me more comfortable. I'm so excited for the next book though, these are so good! I got my friends into it and they love it. My friend wants to be a person who cleans out the cadavers I forgot what that was called. Keep up the AMAZING work!

The Lovely Reader said...

Glad everything is going better! You truly are filled with life! We love you for that.


Dying Breath doesn't come out in October like I thought it did? I have the date down for October 15. That's obviously wrong.


DeNiSe said...

Two Months I saw at amazone that the book due in october I would love if the book come out in sep that sample chapter left me hanging so which date is it

Dani said...

wait, so do you have an exact release date for Dying Breath??????

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! I am counting down the days for Dying Breath! And your new grandkid is so cute!! Just seeing a newborn makes me smile. :)
And I dont know if you know this, but you actually have a section of for The Christopher Killer series. I think the person titled it the 'Forensic Mysteries' series, but it is there! I dont know if you like the idea of people writing fanfics in the world you've created, but I just wondered if you knew about the section.
- :)

Alane Ferguson said...

Seriously?!? I've got fan fiction??? That is SO COOL! Thanks so much for sharing!