Aside from the joy of being a multi-published author with AvonBooks, one of the best perks of being in their stable was being introduced to fellow Avon author and Long Island novelist, Ellen Meister.
The first time we met, we couldn’t believe that didn’t start out in the womb together, let alone not know of each other. Here we were toiling in the mommy minefields with three kids, married to husbands who worked in finance and we both started writing novels after careers in marketing/after the last diaper was thrown out. AND people ask all the time if we were related. “Are you sure you’re not sisters?” Not that we know of, but boy would that make one helluva story!
Anyway, Ellen is a warm, witty, generous woman who is blessed with great beauty, talent and the ability to calm me down when I’m freaking out about something (kids, writing, politics, American Idol!) That’s why I am always happy to spread the word about her fabulous projects. Ellen is the author of THE SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA and THE SMART ONE. And soon, coming to a bookstore near you is THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam/2011). More on that in uno momento.
Right now, Ellen is offering readers a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card, just for signing up for her newsletter (only comes out a few times a year- you won’t be bombarded). All you have to do is add your name to her mailing list to be entered. Just click here, fill out the form, and remember to click through when you get the confirmation email.
THE OTHER LIFE (Jodi Piccoult meets THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE) tells the story of a suburban mom expecting her second child who discovers that she might be able to slip through a portal to the life she would have had if she never got married. When a routine sonogram reveals unexpected problems, her grief lures her to escape to the life that might have been … in which she discovers that she stayed with her neurotic ex-boyfriend, and that her mother, who committed suicide several years before, is very much alive.And here is what moi had to say about it:
“In her riveting breakthrough novel, THE OTHER LIFE, gifted storyteller Ellen Meister doesn’t just peek in on a young mother who straddles between love and doubt, she blows it open with a story of one who straddles two parallel universes, each with its own perilous decisions. It is a brave and honest exploration of the precarious limits of motherhood that will make readers wonder if Meister followed them with a probe and felt their racing hearts and hopes. If you have ever second guessed the biggest decisions of your life (and who hasn’t), THE OTHER LIFE is a captivating homage to the question, does love conquer all?”
–Saralee Rosenberg, author of DEAR NEIGHBOR, DROP DEAD and FATE AND MS. FORTUNE
And wait, there is more. Ellen also just sold her latest project, FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER, which is a totally original, high spirited novel about a mousy film critic who channels the indefatigable writer, Dorothy Parker. Oh yes, you do want to keep up with Ellen’s latest news. This woman never stops! And aren’t we glad!!!!