Have you watched the new Nora Ephron documentary “Everything Is Copy“? I can’t wait. I’ve sat down with a glass of wine three times now attempting to watch it and have either had to tend to a little boy who needed to sleep in mommy’s bed or have had Internet issues…such is life. I’m a huge fan of Nora. I adore her fiction from Heartburn to “Sleepless in Seattle,” as well as her honest, hilarious, down-to-earth personal writing. When I first published The Violets of March, I sent Nora a copy of my book. I remember feeling so shy and silly about it. I didn’t expect in a million years that she’d acknowledge me, much less read it, but sure enough, her assistant was kind enough to write me an email to say that Nora had received the book, was grateful, and had it on her bedside table. That was enough for me, and it always will be.
I was so sad to hear of Nora’s passing, but her words live on. And, oh yes, everything, everything is copy.
My trip to Istanbul last November was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I can’t wait to return this year and say hi to all of my lovely Turkish readers again. Until then, back to work on my new novel!
I have just returned from the most beautiful book tour to Oslo, Norway. My publisher, Cappelen Damm, invited me to come for a visit to meet with them, booksellers and readers, and I jumped at the chance to see autumn in Norway. It was truly gorgeous beyond words. When we arrived at our hotel in Oslo, imagine our delight to find that we were staying in one of the suites where Nobel Laureates have stood for more than a century. From there, the week was packed with lunches with my editors, publishers and publicists from Cappelen Damm, dinners with booksellers in Norway, visits to museums, wine in stunning historic Oslo home, and several fantastic events with Norwegian readers (one, where more than 300 people attended!).
I grew up in a town a ferry’s ride away from Seattle called Poulsbo, where we are very proud of our Scandinavian culture, and as a girl, I was always so fascinated with Norway—so imagine my delight to see it all in person, and with my wonderful boyfriend by my side. It was truly a fantastic week, and I’m brimming with gratitude to my publisher and the readers and booksellers of Norway for welcoming me and for making my novels bestsellers. I can’t wait to return! (More photos from our travels to come.)