Wednesday, October 7, 2009


1. I think I'm healthy! Am almost afraid to say that out loud. But I think I may truly be myself again, germ free.
2. I think I have started another book. This is a surprise to nobody but me, I think, but I'll tell you, for a while I was near despair. I'd come up with an idea, a great scene or dilemma and within hours, I'd realize why it wouldn't work. But after long talk with beloved agent and much soul searching, I seem to be writing. Slowly - but Jon assures me that many of my books have started this way. I'm thinking this is kind of like childbirth in that if I remembered how painful it could be, I'd never do it again.
3. Hilary Mantel has won the Booker Award. She's my favorite writer and I'm thrilled!


pattinase (abbott) said...

I have so been meaning to read her.

Clea Simon said...

I adore her, Patti! My favorite is still "A Place of Greater Safety," but I showed a few of her books to a friend who went with "Beyond Black," which might be a better "starter Mantel." Or "Wolf Hall." Why not?

Caroline Leavitt said...

I am so glad you are writing! Sometimes, you just need to take time away and let everything distill a little.