Happy birthday You. I. Us., you gorgeous thing!
It feels like I've been anticipating this day for a long time - in fact, I signed the contract in April 2015!
Writing these stories was a lot of fun, and completely different from the way I usually write. Because of the short length of each one, I curled up for a week - wrapped in a thick cardigan, because it was winter - and just wrote whatever came into my head. Several stories remain unchanged from those initial sessions, others merged together, a couple were thrown away for being rubbish. A few more - for example, Ode to River and Growing Apart - are autobiographical, which was an interesting experiment.
I want to say a huge thank you to Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius from Vine Leaves Press for all their hard work on this book, for the cover art (still so beautiful!) and for rapping my knuckles every time they saw a semi-colon. I have not completely overcome my semi-colon addiction, but I do consider their usage a little more.
Thank you too, to Kyra Lennon, for reading the first draft of the stories and throwing out the weakest links.
Next week, my blog tour starts. I'll be answering a question a day, provided by some awesome bloggers. I hope you can join me!
Publication date: June 10, 2016 Genre: Short Stories (Single Author)
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In You. I. Us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives.
Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading You. I. Us., you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”
Congratulations Annalisa - that's great and so good to know bloggers have been so instrumental in helping you along the way. Lovely way to write stories ... wrapped up in a thick cardigan, ignoring the winter weather and cold, and just letting your imagination wander off to lots of stories. Good luck and all the best - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
It was actually a really relaxed way to write - it reminded me why I love short stories so much! Thanks Hilary :-)Delete
Congrats, Annalisa! It's a gorgeous cover.ReplyDelete
Thanks Diane :-)Delete
Congratulations! And the cover really is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thanks Madeline :-)Delete
Congratulations! You know Jessica and Dawn would only do it first class.ReplyDelete
Thanks Alex. They certainly did.Delete
Hooray!! This cover is perfect for your stories. Congratulations and I just know this release will be a smashing success.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Julie. And thanks for reading the ARC and reviewing :-)Delete
Congrats for this whole journey. I love this cover and can't wait to be on the tour next week. You rock!!ReplyDelete
I'm really looking forward to the tour, thanks Joanne :-)Delete
Congratulations! I can't wait to read these amazing stories! That cover is amazing!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Yolanda :-)Delete
Congratulations, Annalisa. What a beautiful book cover. All the best with your tour.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jacqueline - I'm so thrilled with the cover, it looks even better in person ;-)Delete
Congratulations, Annalisa! I adore that cover :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Rachel :-)Delete
Yahoo, yip yip yipReplyDelete
Wow! Your book looks and sounds beautiful! I'm looking forward to reading it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tyrean :-)Delete
Congratulations, Annalisa. I'm looking forward to you stopping by my blog on your tour. It is a great cover too.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to visiting your blog too, thank you :-)Delete
It really is such a beautiful cover; it's pulling me in by itself to read those stories! Per your statement above, I just paid homage to the semi colon. I, too, can't wait for your visit to my website at the end of June. Congrats!ReplyDelete
Ah, the semi-colon is a wonderful, deverse and useful device. I'll never be able to give them up completely.Delete
Congratulations, the cover looks absolutely gorgeous! This is going on my to-read list. Looking forward to it!ReplyDelete
Thanks Caitlin, I hope you enjoy it :-)Delete
I have mine and it's beautiful!! I can't wait to read it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Elizabeth, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think :-)Delete
Huge congrats... it's such a wonderful feeling:)ReplyDelete
Thanks Tania, each book is special, the excitement of publishing a new one doesn't diminish!Delete
Congratulations, Annalisa! Wishing you lots of sales.ReplyDelete
Thank you Murees :-)Delete
The waiting is the hardest part of this. Glad it's over! Congrats.ReplyDelete
It really is, Lee. It's nice to send it on it's way now!Delete
Congratulations! That is a very poignant cover.ReplyDelete
The cover has a direct reference to one story, but sums up the whole book. I'm so glad I had Jessica Bell designing it, because I wouldn't know where to start.Delete