Now that my manuscript, Rude Awakening, has gone from editing to cover design, 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 start writing one myself. If I begin right now, I should be done in about three years!!!