Happy Birthday Traveling With T!

 

Happy 3rd bday traveling with t

Ya’ll! Yesterday, Traveling With T turned 3! Wondering where all the fan-fare was yesterday? Well, the internet had the nerve to go out before I could get the post finished!!! (Grrrrrrr………) But fear not- I am a gal who likes to celebrate multiple times! So, yesterday, I enjoyed a yummy Krispy Kreme doughnut (so good!) and homemade pizza (mmmm.. sausage and red bell pepper!) and cursed the internet multiple times. Continue reading

Hanging with Jenny Milchman at Lemuria Books

Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Milchman on World Book Night- she was signing books at Lemuria Books. So when I found out that she would be coming back to Lemuria to sign her second book, RUIN FALLS- I knew I would attend that since I had such a great time at COVER OF SNOW signing. Continue reading

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

Book Talk with R and T spooky

Welcome, welcome all!!! Today’s the day for reviews- both here and at Ivory Owl Reviews! So do both Rhiannon and I a big favor- check out the reviews and if it sounds like a book you’ll be interested in- enter that big ole giveaway!

And now… without further wait…. I bring you my review of RUIN FALLS (cue dramatic music): Continue reading

Book Talk With R & T: Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

Book Talk with R and T spooky

 

Ooh, it’s time! It’s time for another edition of Book Talk with R & T- Thriller-Licious style! October is a fun time for me- the leaves are turning, there is candy, The Monster Mash song is playing and Thriller by Michael Jackson is on. Plus, the Halloween costumes- oh my, the costumes. At this time of year, I get the craving for something with a thriller vibe- a little spooky, a lotta mystery- just something good to read. Talking with Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews, we were back and forth over what to choose- and finally, finally, finally- after narrowing down the books (we are nothing but thorough!) it was decided that RUIN FALLS by Jenny Milchman would be the book to read. Continue reading

Literary Friday ya’ll….

literary friday

Today, today, today is Literary Friday! I’m excited because tomorrow is Double Decker Arts Festival- and I’m ready to walk around and see the sights. Plus, I’ll see the most adorable niece ever- the lovely Miss A, so that makes any day brighter!

This week has been a bit crazy with World Book Night and devoting a good bit of time to reading! But, now it’s time to see what the Literary Friday is all about!

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Meeting Jenny Milchman- author of Cover of Snow

Jenny Milchman signing books

Jenny Milchman signing books

Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow, came to Lemuria Book to sign and read from her debut novel.  While Cover of Snow is Jenny’s first published book- she is not new to publishing game. This is the 8th book she has written- but her first to be published. When she was college- age, her parents asked her what her plans were- and she told them she would like to live in the woods, build a log cabin and write poetry. While her parents felt that she had potential as a writer- they did point some flaws in this plan; namely the fact that Jenny had never built anything. After this, Jenny decided that perhaps pursuing psychology degree would be better. Her mother told Jenny one day that “she thought Jenny had talent, but it would take her at least 10 years” (before she became published). It took Jenny 11 years.

When Jenny began writing and looking for someone to represent her, since she felt her writing was very good- she sent her work to the people that represent Jonathan Kellerman. While she did not get the reply she wanted- she realizes that reading someone else tell her: “I did not want to spend that much time in your neurotic protagonist’s head.” She describes reading this “as the quote from the rejection letter that put the writing in perspective”. So Jenny goes back, worls different ideas, comes close to being published- but still; falling short of the goal.  Then after much time, things begin to go to Jenny’s favor.  Nancy Picard, after reading Jenny’s writing, tells Jenny this: “that she could not wait to finish, and if the novel does not disappoint, which I don’t think it will, would like to write a blurb and then send to my publisher.”

Jenny says that she loves first drafts “like Christmas morning, wedding day, finding out being pregnant, summer vacation, candy-wrapped ice cream sundae.” Cover of Snow, as published,  is in it’s 22nd draft. During the 21st draft, a scene was pointed out had a implausible air about it. Jenny, because she liked so much of that scene, simply changed the coffeepot to a programmable coffepot- and the scene was saved!

When asking Jenny about her writing space and routine- she informed the audience that she likes to write 2,000 words in the morning. And her writing computer is not a super-duper fancy gadget- no mam- Jenny writes on a computer than has Windows 98, is not internet-enabled, and backs up her work on floppy disks. Jenny also informed the audience that it usually takes her 2-5 months to write the first draft.

I asked Jenny if she would like to have Cover of Snow made into a movie- and if so, who would she want to play her characters? She said there was some early talk, even some talk of a possible made fo TV movie. As far as for who she pictures as Nora- she always liked Ashley Judd or Julieanne Moore- however, the character of Nora is younger than those ladies now; so she’s unsure of who would be the best person to play Nora if a movie was made now.

Look for Jenny Milchman’s new book, Ruin Falls, to be out in March 2014.

Jenny and Me

Jenny and Me

Jenny reading Cover of Snow to the audience

Jenny reading Cover of Snow to the audience