Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
My novel Keep You is now for sale at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Keep-You-1-Lauren-Gilley/dp/1479150010/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346009792&sr=1-1&keywords=Lauren+Gilley This is the Amazon US link, but it's available in Europe as well.
Gary Jones of Gary and Elaine's Photography shot my cover. I had this vision of red Converse sneakers done in black and white and red, and he captured it perfectly. http://www.facebook.com/#!/GaryAndElainesPhotography
This project is a bit of a departure from what I normally write. It's a romance, but also a family drama; a story about kids growing up and realizing what they mean to one another. Like I told agents:
"Keep You, complete at 99,448 words, is a contemporary romance with a literary fiction feel. Told in both the “Then” and the “Now”, the novel follows the story of Tameron Wales, a boy who had to grow up too fast because his mother needed him, and who drove away the love of his life on purpose so that he might spare her from the violent threat of his father. Joanna Walker, twenty-three and youngest of five, struggling to make ends meet post-grad, still doesn’t understand exactly what happened four years ago when Tam left her standing up against her dorm building, in the rain, like something out of a bad made-for-TV movie. She only knows that her brother Mike’s wedding – an extravagant, farcical Irish castle ordeal ordered by his fiancée – will bring she and Tam together again and that no castle in the world could be large enough to contain the history between them…nor the lingering emotions. Jo Walker is the kind of girl who knows what she wants out of life, and she’s always wanted Tam, even if she kind of hates him a little bit right now."
I had so much fun writing this and I'm really hoping someone out there will enjoy reading it. I ordered my own proof and the physical quality of the book is on par with everything in the bookstore right now. I was so pleased!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
But friends with a new photography business asked if I would "model" - and I use that word loosely because a cardboard cutout would be more photogenic - and they came out to the farm two weeks ago to take pictures. If you're going to be photographed, this is the way to do it. Gary and Elaine made it pretty painless.
Mom took behind-the-scenes shots with my camera.
The horses were afraid of the lighting equipment.
Riddick continued to get in the way.
Gary got the shots he wanted.
And he was gracious enough to do me a big favor. He took this cover shot that I am thrilled to death about!
Getting in on the testing phase of a new photography business is a great way to get affordable, high quality family pictures. Despite all my self-conscious fretting, it was definitely a good afternoon. Thanks, Gary and Elaine!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I had the biggest smile on my face when I read this chapter because the publishing industry hasn't changed. If anything, stories are even simpler and more sensational.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Cosmo (and Mom) after two months of all the food he could eat.
We don't have pictures of his first few weeks, much to our dismay
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Because I obnoxiously link all things to writing, I find the irony comforting. When I try to make a story happen - when I sit down and decide I want to write a specific kind of story - creativity abandons me. It's the accidental stories that have a way of growing into something I never expected.
Keep You was one of those happy accidents. Now, I'm neglecting my blog as I work on the sequel. As a reader, I like sequels, but only if they're well-done. As a writer, I hope I'm getting it right, though it's a bit strange to work on a sequel when the fate of the original hangs in the balance.
But because I've decided wasting time is not in the least bit fun, I've set myself a deadline. If a certain thing doesn't happen before September first, I'm taking proactive steps toward my goal. September of 2011 was a difficult month, so this year, I'm going to ensure it's a good one.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|Peron and Michelle Gibson in 1996|