Monday, November 9, 2015

Dearly Departed

When I started working on HEART OF GLASS, I was struck by the number of people who appear in the book who are no longer on this earth. There was the old boyfriend who I discovered had died of the flu at the age of fifty-one, and two close friends who literally dropped dead of heart attacks in their forties. Last week my wonderful old pal Morris Lafon went the way of the angels much too soon. Mo was a true artist, who moved to New York to work in downtown experimental theater in the seventies. He was friends with Janis Joplin, threw Alan Ginsburg out of his house for hitting on his friends, and snuck a bottle of vodka to Nicholas Ray in the hospital when he was dying. I will never forget Mo's marvelous laugh, hilarious stories, his zest for life - and the time we danced the Lambada at my thirtieth birthday party. I love you Mo and you will always be with me.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Introducing the sequel to CHANEL BONFIRE, HEART OF GLASS.

I wanted to share the cover of my sequel to Chanel Bonfire, titled Heart of Glass. My dear friend, Ann Marsden, took this picture of me at her loft space in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1983. I was one lost and confused girl, and Annie became my fast friend. She was one of the smartest, wildly talented and supremely stylish people I ever met. She never wore socks in the sub-zero Minnesota weather and wore her camel colored coat unbuttoned draped around her shoulders as she drove a vintage Mercedes around town with an Astrud Gilberto cassette stuck in the tape player. When we arrived at our destination, she'd pull out a popsicle stick and jimmy the meter. Sadly, she no longer here which is why I am so happy her photo is on my new cover and she gets a credit. Love you Annie. You'll always be with me.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A few things people get wrong ...

I'm advised not to respond to reader reviews, but sometimes it's tempting! One recent review on Goodreads assumed that my sister and I had lost touch. Chanel Bonfire is dedicated to my sister, who I consider to be the hero of the story in many ways, and we remain close.

Another common critique is that the book has no pictures. This was an editorial decision made by my publisher, Gallery Books. You can go to the Chanel Bonfire Facebook page or the website and see photos of many of the people who appear in Chanel - friends and family.

I hope that clears up a few things!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Come Fly With Me!

The new paperback edition of Chanel is out today!  And it's being featured at the Hudson News Store in all your favorite airports!  Perfect for vacation reading!

Both the photo of my mother, Georgann Rea and the one of me and my sister Robin were taken by my late step-father, Oliver Rea.  The new edition also includes the first chapter of the sequel, Heart of Glass due out in March 2016!

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Paperback!

Fresh from the publisher!  My first copies of the new Chanel paperback which includes the first chapter of the sequel Heart of Glass!  The books will be available two weeks from today and will be featured at Hudson News in airports all over the country! I think Gallery did a lovely job.   And I absolutely love the Tiffany blue.  That's my mother on the cover and Robbie and I in the inset photo.  I hope you like Chanel and will look forward to Heart of Glass which is being published in March, 2016.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Congratulations Goodreads Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations Erika from Austin, TX, Julio from Portland, CT, Jill from Downer's Grove, IL, Alyson from Wheat Ridge, CO, and Tracy from Southfield, MI!  Out of over 1,600 entries, you've won free copies of Chanel!  You should receive them this week if you haven't already.  And if any of you choose the book for a book group, I'd be happy to Skype with you and answer any questions you all might have.  I've done it with many groups all over the world and it's always a terrific time!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

School's Out! And In!

I'm always flattered when a teacher uses my book in a discussion on memoir or workshop on telling one's own story.  And I was thrilled to be back in the UCLA classroom of the great writer and brilliant teacher Alison Singh Gee.  If you haven't read her wonderful book, "Where The Peacocks Sing" you should.  Just click on the Amazon link to the right and order it for your Kindle or have a copy delivered!  And you can also check out her author page at MacMillan:  Alison Singh Gee