Thursday, February 03, 2005


Okay, so last week I read the manuscript of my friend J. Carson Black's second novel, which I enjoyed tremendously. I offered to give her a quote - not that a quote from me is likely to boost sales, but you do what you can.

Unfortunately I then hit a blank. I went for two days without finding the right words (and without really thinking about it). Today, needing inspiration, I had lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, notebook in hand. As I had hoped, the chicken tostada, sour cream enchilada, and salty margarita precipitated a burst of creativity!

(Well, mainly it was the margarita.)

Anyway, I got the job done - two entire sentences - which constitutes a pretty good day's work, if I do say so myself.

I won't reproduce the quote here, since the book doesn't come out for a year, but I will report that it contained adjectives like "perilous" and "harrowing," as well as an assortment of exciting nouns and a few obligatory but not terribly invigorating prepositions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the lucky author who is on the receiving end of MP's perilous and harrowing blurb, It occurred to me that I should ply him with margaritas more often (although it's possible he's watching his salt intake). But that could set a dangerous precedent. He might end up standing outside other authors' houses with a sign that says, "Will blurb books for food." Not to mention, drink.

--J. Carson Black, fortunate recipient

February 04, 2005 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Hey Lucky Author: I am currently reading your first book based on the recomendation of one MP. It is good PR to include some readers when offering margaritas! :)

And yes...I am enjoying the book!!!

February 15, 2005 7:37 PM  

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