Thank You

I was going to throw this up on Facebook this morning, but it got a touch too long, so I thought I’d post it here. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who’s recently contacted me to let me know that they read the book and enjoyed it. (ARCs are going out – although I wish they wouldn’t, now! We just did some more last-minute editing.) If just one person really loves the book, enough to want to know more about the characters, enough to write me to tell me so – then it has truly all been worth it. Indeed, the pre-publication fan letters people have sent are more than I ever rightly expected to receive, and the very idea that people went out of their way to write them is so humbling that I can barely find the words to talk...

Video – Introductions

The wonderful folks at Random House/Del Rey have this idea that I should make about ten thousand videos, and vlog. I’ve really enjoyed making shout-out videos for their use in house, but they’re actually a bit hard for me to pull off. I’m very shy and introverted. I can fake it extremely well, mostly by making a concerted effort to project as much of my inner silliness and immaturity as I can. Then again, I know I’m awkward and weird, and I’ve found you can get quite far just by choosing to embrace those qualities, if you have them. So, here’s a little intro video I dashed off yesterday introducing myself and the book. I probably look like an idiot, but oh, well! I’ll keep trying. I mean, I dream of the day the History...

It’s a Victorian Thing

When things are undecorated, it makes Lia very unhappy. “Why,” Lia muses, “must things be minimalist? Why must they go unadorned? Oh, Modern People, how benighted and funny you are.” Wait…why am I typing in the third person? Anyway, my very first ARCs arrived today! They’re earmarked as prizes for a special event – the Steampunk World’s Fair, in Somerset, New Jersey. Which I’ll be attending in…gasp. Ten days.   (Look how innocent they are.)   Since they’ll therefore probably end up in the hands of people unused to the ARC process and product, I wanted to include a note with each explaining that ARCs may include typos and omissions, potential changes, etc. Mostly so that readers...

Nailing on the Lid

I finally have a cover! Just talked to my editor, who said that it can finally go live. So, here she is!     This is for the US release, of course, and it’s the first cover I’ve seen. I love it – especially now that she has more hair! In the first version of the cover that I was given the model’s hair was a lot less curly (Nora has thick black ringlets), and I just had to lobby for more. Thankfully, the team at Random House is incredibly understanding and patient (I love them all to bits), and they obliged. I know that authors normally have zero cover input (or should expect to have zero cover input), so I’m very grateful that they listened to me on such a piddling little detail. I guess now that I wear wigs exclusively, I...

I’m ahead of the curve!

My sequel is done! (Well, the first draft, at least.) My agent managed to wrangle me an extension, but I was done a month ahead of the original schedule, anyway. Bahaha. And all that. A few weeks ago I finished the rough manuscript of the second Dearly book, which is entitled (and as far as I know, no one has a problem with the title), DEARLY, BELOVED. BELOVED is the first sequel I’ve ever written, and it was an entirely different experience. I admit, going in, I was a little trembly. A few other authors had made off-the-cuff remarks to the effect of, “Oh, second series books are the most challenging,” and I think I embraced these comments a little too tightly. While the beginning was slow, I soon picked up my usual speed. I normally don’t talk about the process...

11zies – Day in the Writing Life of Lia Habel

Hi, everyone! It’s my turn for (my 11zies) Day in the Writing Life. Join me, won’t you? In truth, my writing process isn’t very intensive or interesting – it’s probably best referred to as “creating by wandering aimlessly from task to task and around the general vicinity of my house.” I actually make a conscious effort not to take my writing too seriously, because I’m fully aware that I’m not even remotely capable of creating the next Middlemarch. I’m just grateful to have found a little success by recording the results of my rambling subconscious. Anyway – I’m nocturnal, now, so I wake up around noon. I probably went to bed around three or four a.m. the night before. Anyone who’s...