I am so pleased to be on your delightful blog today to talk about a Christmas memory of mine – a memory that's all about those wonderful things that can happen during that special time of year and … Christmas cookies!
In my house, making kolucis was an EVENT.
They were the favorite Christmas cookie recipe of my Gram Mogilewsky and my mom. You pronounce the Polish (maybe Lithuanian?) cookies as “kuh LOTCH eez.” The cookies are like tiny nut rolls, only sweeter, crispier, and flakier. And don't worry, you do not have to decipher my Mom's writing underneath years of baking stains - the full recipe is written out at the end of this post.
When I was growing up, making the kolucis was a BIG DEAL. After all, it took two days. Two days! And it meant that-gulp-Christmas was officially comin...
I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction, including chick lit and romance. When I began to write again, I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.
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Now that is the question on the lips of every writer who has ever put pen to paper after publishing their first book. I love writing and creating stories, but I have to admit, book 2 has been an interesting challenge.
Will it be as good as the first? (If the first was in fact good at all) If the first was good and banded a small, but loyal following, will they abandon you and throw stones if they hate book 2? Maybe it won’t be as funny or won’t be serious enough. Maybe the characters won’t sing as they did in the first, maybe you should just cut your losses and never write again. Being a recluse harbouring a hoard of regrets doesn’t sound so bad.
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In all of the years I spent dreaming of being published, the images I had in my mind involved me hosting wonderfully planned out book signings and basking in the glory of all that went along with being an ‘Author’.
When I first got the call from Harper Collins to say that they wanted to publish my book I was elated. All my dreams were about to come true, but in fact the hard work was yet to be done. I thought that I’d hand over the manuscript, they’d tell me it was fabulous and soon it would be hitting the shelves! Naïve? Definitely!
It was a long road, full of great lessons and many learning opportunities that didn’t stop after the book was released last week. Once again (very naively) I had the misinformed idea that once the book was released I could sit back and finally do so...