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Author event and giveaway: Emily Colin

October 7, 2012

Debut novelist Emily Colin was recently in town for a Book Your Lunch event hosted by Fiction Addiction and I was lucky enough to attend.   Emily runs an arts non-profit agency and had plenty of experience writing non-fiction – grants, marketing, web sites, etc., but The Memory Thief was her first attempt at fiction.  She was surrounded by creative people in her job and decided she needed to be creative too.  An idea was sparked when she read a memoir by a woman whose husband was killed in a mountain climbing accident.  As she wondered how she would research the book, she met a mountain climber when she was at the park with her son and then discovered a friend of hers was from Colorado.  It just seemed like this book was meant to be.

Emily took a writing workshop taught by Caroline Leavitt.  Leavitt believed in the book and became Emily’s mentor.  She told Emily to query 75 agents – Emily did better than that, she contacted 133 of them.  It took Emily nine months to find an agent and it took her agent six weeks to sell The Memory Thief.  The book was released on August 21st and was in its second printing before September.

The book was not written in the order it’s read.  In fact, Emily has a rather unique writing style.  She wrote all the pivotal scenes and went back and pieced them together.  It took her nine months to write the first draft.  She spent another four months revising it and did further revisions based on agent feedback.

Emily says the book is hard to categorize – she described it as a blend of love story, ghost story and mystery.  She said it’s about risk and risking everything,  Emily thinks the cover is beautiful but is a little disappointed in it because she doesn’t feel it reflects the story.  She fought for a different cover but didn’t win that battle.  She does like the trailer:

Emily believes in the power of blogs and will be featured on a blog tour beginning November 2.  She’ll also be holding a Q & A on GoodReads from October 20 to November 6.  Be sure to look for her!

I got Emily to autograph a copy of The Memory Thief for for one lucky reader.   To enter to win an autographed copy of THE MEMORY THIEF, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Tuesday, October 16, 2012.   Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    October 7, 2012 6:59 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  2. October 7, 2012 8:26 am

    I love the sound of this one!

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 7, 2012 8:57 am

    Fascinating style. I was just reading about this one. Will you be reviewing it?
    (not an entry)

  4. October 7, 2012 9:41 am

    I hope the nice little white dress she’s wearing isn’t ruined when that mom on the cover gets up from sitting on the end of the dock. Some of these cover shots are as unrealistic as the photos in women’s magazines; this one says “women’s fiction” to me, not mystery/love story/ghost story, so it was nice to get the author’s thoughts on it!

    • October 18, 2012 2:15 pm

      Very funny, Laurie! I agree with you on all counts…I’d certainly have that white dress sullied in about three seconds, but perhaps this woman is of stronger stock!

  5. October 7, 2012 10:03 am

    I love how it’s described as a blend of love story, ghost story and mystery – my kind of story! (Not entering – I’m next in line at the library for this book.)

  6. sandynawrot permalink
    October 7, 2012 10:51 am

    She came to my table at the Moveable Feast (and I played games with her the night before). She was so nice, and this book sounded fabulous!

    • October 18, 2012 2:16 pm

      Hey there! Thanks for your kind words…those games were a trip, huh? I am still recovering from the one with the paper bags…

  7. October 7, 2012 10:55 am

    I always wonder about the covers, how much the author has a say in them. As a lover of debut books, I will keep my eye out for this one.

  8. October 7, 2012 12:09 pm

    I like hearing the story behind the book, sounds like a good one. Thanks for telling us about it!

  9. Patty permalink
    October 7, 2012 3:25 pm

    I guess persistence really pays off!

  10. October 7, 2012 7:50 pm

    This sounds like a book I’d like, and the story behind it is pretty cool, too – a lot of “meant to be” and a lot of hard work, too. The cover is nice, but it’s kind of disappointing how little say an author gets in the way her book is packaged.

  11. October 7, 2012 9:26 pm

    I’m loving how this book finally came to be. I want to read it!

  12. October 8, 2012 12:02 am

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I will post it in my blog’s sidebar.

  13. zibilee permalink
    October 8, 2012 11:09 am

    The way this book came to be, and the fact that it took off so fast really makes me believe that this story was meant to be. I also kind of get a little mad when an author doesn’t have input on the cover of their book. I mean, it’s their book, why shouldn’t they get to help choose a cover? Thanks for the giveaway, Kathy. I am always astounded that your local Indie gets so many cool authors!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    October 8, 2012 9:17 pm

    I am a huge fan of Caroline Leavitt’s so I’m anxious to read this one!

    • October 18, 2012 2:18 pm

      Who isn’t a huge fan of Caroline? Seriously, she is a princess among women. Or perhaps a queen…she’s been my mentor through this whole process, and I can’t say enough about how much her support’s meant to me!

  15. October 9, 2012 2:09 pm

    I love the way she describes it, I’m in. I’m always interested in how authors come to be published so thanks for sharing!

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