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.

http://www.alissalibby.com/

29 comments:

Nora said...

I'm always especially excited when I pick up a debut novel, there's something so great about them.

Polo.Pony said...

Congrats! I would love to write a book one day and get it published, and if its even somewhat as good as what "Willow" sounds to be, I will be ecstatic!

Amelia said...

Congrats on your debut, hope there's more to come!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Polo.Pony: Don't I know! I would love to publish a book at some point as well.

Erika Lynn said...

I really love reading debut novels because I don't have preconceived ideas about the writing and I am able to just dive in. Congrats again Julia!

katie said...

I never really paid attention to whether or not it was a debut novel until recently. I have been reading quite a few this year and have been pleasantly surprised by how great they all are! Congratulations once again, Julia!

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