Françoise Bui, my editor at Delacorte, called to talk about my revision of a young adult novel tentatively scheduled for release in 2008. "So how's it going?" she asked.
"Great," I answered. "I've been thinking about the book while I sip coffee and watch the cardinals and blue jays play in the spruce tree outside my window."
Doesn't sound like I've been working hard, does it? But I have been. I've been preparing my psyche to delve once again into the plot, characters, and setting of this novel, a story that is much closer to memoir than any of my other books. It also might not have a happily-ever-after kind of ending -- a first for me.
Françoise also asked me to think of alternatives to the book's working title -- Asha Means Hope. I've thought of a couple of possibilities (The Secret Keeper or Family Secrets), but I need your help, Fire Escape visitors. Please cast your vote for the title that sounds the most intriguing in the sidebar to the right. I'll be back after the holidays to share the results, but in the meantime, stay safe, celebrate, and peace be with you.