Capital Baby was published six months late. My second baby was delivered six weeks early. The two coincided in August, 1990. I was a featured author that fall at the National Press Club Book Fair and Author night where my book was a top seller at the event. Peggy Noonan was at the next table and I kept looking over at her as if she were true royalty (she is that, to me).
After that event, I was invited to be Parenting Expert on WJLA TV, Live at Five. That led to a regular column in the local Washington Parent magazine. A great run for one book!
Nothing to Lose came out in 2000 and it was quickly placed in all the major bookstore chains - back when there were bookstore chains. At the time, distributors were loathe to promote books from smaller publishers so I was lucky to be picked up at all. The books sold, and the first printing was nearly depleted by the time I started a new project: writing for Ariel Books, an imprint of Andrews McMeel.
I wrote eight titles for Andrews McMeel, gift books mostly. My kids had yet to start in school. I hired girls from UMD to babysit so I could write. The boys knew to respect my closed door. When I was writing, I was not to be disturbed. After Halloween, a sitter knocked tentatively and I shouted “let me save!” before she opened the door, presenting my son wearing his Superman costume and bleeding from the head like a character from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
He’d jumped off his dresser in a display of flight which was, not surprisingly, unsuccessful. In the emergency room, we saw two other boys in Superman capes waiting to be plastered or stitched.
I finished writing Cruise to Retribution but did not sell it as I was busy writing for newspapers and magazines. It served as a footstool for many years. In 2011, it was finally published. This was my first eBook, and I am gleefully surprised to learn of its popularity.
I get emails from people around the world. It’s very satisfying. My new book comes out later this year.