My book is…DONE!


Benjamin Disraeli said, “‘An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.”

Mr. Disraeli was married but not blessed children. If the faithful Mary Anne, his wife for 34 years had borne them, certainly he would have forgiven her occasional lapse… So I hope that he will also (from his now higher consciousness) bear with me yapping on and on about my book.

The final copy is now ready to go to the printer and I think I am almost as happy as the day my son and daughter were born. Oops… now I’m talking about the book and the kids.

As all readers of this blog know by now… “Magic Made in Mexico” will be available as of December 4th at independent book stores, online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and as a Kindle version.

Here are a few quotes from famous writers that any novice could take to heart…. I did.

Mr. William Falkner is always, to the point:

Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”

  Et mais oui, who has more right than M. Henry David Thoreau to say the following,

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.’

 The gentle Ms. Barbara Kingsolver says,

 “Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

 And who could be more poetic than William Wordsworth?

 “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.’

 But… Gene Fowler is the one who tells it like it is

 “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

 Write on …

( Thanks to my son Carlos for this splendid picture of the bird in flight… it looks just as I feel  )



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8 responses to “My book is…DONE!

  1. Congratulations. The cover is absolutely lovely and Carlos’ photo on this site is terrific.

  2. Congratulations Joanna! A job well done! Can’t wait to read your book this December. Thanks for making my Christmas shopping easier this year!

  3. Loretta

    YIPEE! Go girl
    Luv ya.

  4. Congratulations, so have you a Title yet for the next one – I don’t imagine you’ll let it rest for long.
    Did you have a little wine to celebrate?
    And indeed, great job on the photo to Carlos!


    • Muchas gracias Debi… yes Jorge and I did celebrate last night and you’re right, Carlos’ bird is amazing.

      Loretta… YIPEE is right!

      Judy… it’s a pleasure!

  5. Congratulations! Great news. Looking forward to purchasing it! 🙂

  6. Mary Moore

    CONGRATULATIONS, Joanna!!! We can’t wait to see and read your book! And kudos too to Carlos, for the magnificent flying parrot photo.
    Mary and Joe

    • Thank you Mary for your best wishes. I agree Carlos’ photography of birds is quite special. We’ll see you soon in Merida… Janice, your support is so appreciated. You’ll have to visit our magical Merida one day…

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