Energizing Evening

If you’re feeling a bit low on energy and your writing is drifting instead of driving forward, here’s one antidote: Get thee to a book party!

There’s nothing like being among your own — like-minded readers and writers — to give you a shot of adrenalin. That’s why I was doubly excited to celebrate the publication by Ballantine Books of my friend Jenny Milchman’s second novel, Ruin Falls. First, I had the chance to hear Jenny talk about her new book and give her a hug as she signed a copy for me. And second, I took heart from Jenny’s writing journey, which has certainly had its share of ups and downs.

It took her 11 years, 22 drafts, and 15 almost-offers before her haunting debut thriller, Cover of Snow, sold (see Book Party). Her new novel, Ruin Falls, took 9 drafts to whip into shape. And that’s not unusual by any means. They’re not kidding when they say that writing is rewriting! A Booklist review says that Jenny has carved out “…a new niche with this unusual mix of ecothriller and family suspense drama,” and bestselling author Nancy Pickard says, “Jenny Milchman has a rare gift for combining beautiful writing with heart-pounding suspense.” Who could ask for more from a thriller?

All of which should be hugely encouraging to us. With persistence, drive, faith, and craft, Jenny beat the odds to find an agent and sell her first book to a major publisher. And with persistence, drive, faith, and craft, she came up with a winning idea for a second book within a year of publishing her first. What an accomplishment!

I have Ruin Falls sitting beside me and can’t wait to read it: If you’re a thriller fan, be sure to check it out. A rising tide lifts all boats: That’s how I feel about Jenny’s publishing journey — uplifted. Bravo, Jenny: Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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