Sunday, April 5, 2009
Alisa M. Libby on Debut Novels: Last Guest Blog
The Debut Novel
Let's pause for a moment and contemplate the immense accomplishment of the first novel. Writing is a largely solitary act, and while clicking away on your little keyboard in a dark and secluded chamber it's difficult to imagine that your words will one day be released to the larger world. Publication is, in my experience, by turns joyful and terrifying--sometimes both of those feelings at the very same time.
I've heard it said that it takes a person's entire life to write their first book. That said, let's raise our coffee mugs in cheers to Julia, for having accomplished this feat with Willow. Not only has Julia written her first novel, but she chose to tackle huge, dark, terrifying subjects in doing so. May we all be so brave as we click click click out our dreams, in the shadows.
Cheers to Julia, from Alisa M. Libby
Author of The King's Rose, a novel about King Henry VIII's fifth wife, and The Blood Confession.