Now that my manuscript, Rude Awakening, has gone from editing to cover design at Tate Publishing, I am getting excited about seeing the final product. Of course, I knew this day would arrive and wondered how I was going to feel - I feel as though I can breathe again. “Are you going to write another book?” someone asked me after the book made its way to production. “No,” I replied. Then thought about it. “Hell no,” I said with emphasis.
Once the book left my hands I was able to do what I have been dreaming of doing for years – sit quietly in a corner reading someone else’s work. So that’s what I did until I realized I was in a rut. Or that’s what my best friend from childhood would say if she knew I had just read three books in a row by the same author. But I can’t help it. I’m addicted and oh, what a delightful addiction it has been. I don’t doubt you would feel exactly the same way if you too, were reading the books of Matthew Quick.
First I watched the movie, Silver Linings Playbook, then I read the book. I loved it so much I went looking for more. What I found was Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and even though it was listed as a book for teens, it turned out to be a delightful read. As soon as I finished, I went out to buy the ingredients for banana chocolate chip pancakes. (If you read the book, you understand and if you haven’t read it, you have a treat or two waiting for you.)
Finally I sat down to read his latest book, The Good Luck of Right Now. When I finished that book with its delightful references to Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama, I felt an overwhelming urge to hug the next person I saw, even if that person turned out to be a stranger – especially if that person turned out to be a stranger. And now that I’ve read three of Quick’s books, I am looking for one more. But since the Good Luck book came out only a few weeks ago, I doubt that he has had time to write another. So that settles it. If I want to read another book as delightful and full of life as Quick’s books are, I’ll just have to write one myself. And I’ve already got an idea. This time I’ll be writing a novel, so I’ve got to get started. If I begin right now, I should be done in about three years!!!