Four Books by Forty
My fourth book, Apart at the Seams, went on sale on Saturday. It is once again taking time to roll out on various sites and in bookstores. I’ll have another post when it is up everywhere that will include a scene I loved that ended up on the cutting room floor. But I’ve gotten emails and status updates from people saying they are reading it, so… it’s out of my hands and into yours.
With this moment, I hit an arbitrary milestone I made for myself: four books published by the time I turned forty.
Fine, so the fourth one came in the first two weeks of my forties, but I’m still counting it since I’m not forty-one. I mean, if it had happened last month, it would be four books before forty. But I’ve arrived at forty so I need to use the preposition “by.”
I don’t know why I had that arbitrary goal in mind. I mean, do I now set it for five books by fifty? I sure hope I get to publish another book in the next decade. I mean, I’m partly through writing a new one now. Or am I merely noting the symmetry of the moment: four and forty? Maybe it’s not an accomplishment at all, but more a recognition of a moment. Holy crap. I did it. I published four books.
I really hope you enjoy the book. No, you don’t have to have read the first two books in order to understand this one, so feel free to jump into Apart at the Seams even if you haven’t read Life from Scratch or Measure of Love, which follow the same characters. It’s hard to rank your own books, and each has felt like reaching the top of a small mountain. But this one holds a special place in my heart because I worked the hardest to bring it to life.
And in case you don’t read the thank you page until the very end, you are all in there. Because you mean a lot to me, and without your support, I’m not sure these books would have come to fruition. I want to especially thank April, Kathy, Kathy, Jessica, Jessica (why do so many of you have the same name?), Michelle, Jona, Kim, Wendy, Kasey, Pepper, and, of course, Josh for ensuring that when I popped online this weekend, I was greeted with an outpouring of love. Thank you thank you thank you.
And that thank you goes — in advance — to everyone who reads it in the future.