Next Up: Helen Simonson

February 23rd, 2010

Helen Simonson is currently living through the most exciting week in a writer’s life. Her first novel, MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND, will be published — by Random House, no less — on March 2, and it’s already number 142 at Amazon (as of this very minute), which is absolutely phenomenal.  The reviews have also been phenomenal.  It’s gotten stars everywhere and was the weekly pick at Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote, among other things, “The author’s dense, descriptive prose wraps around the reader like a comforting cloak, eventually taking on true page-turner urgency . . .”  Library Journal called the book, “”irresistibly delightful, thoughtful, and utterly charming and surprising.”

I’m also really, really happy to say that Helen turned to some of the stuff in the FINISH YOUR NOVEL section of this site when she needed a little push.  So I feel like I actually wrote the book although Helen did all the work.  And her take on the plotting challenge will knock you out.  You can read it here tomorrow.

One Response to “Next Up: Helen Simonson”

  1. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Is it tomorrow yet?

    (It’s 11:55 pm here. Isn’t that close enough?)

    captcha: of gingrich

    Hmmmm….Could that be a category on Jeopardy?

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