Monday, September 04, 2006

Introducing Anne Frasier's Pale Immortal

Today I am pleased to be part of the "blog crawl" for Anne Frasier's latest book, Pale Immortal, which is being released today. Anne is quite possibly one of the most approachable authors on the Internet; her blog is highly entertaining, and she's much better than I am at answering her email. Moreover, she's a damn good writer. I really enjoyed her creepily atmospheric Play Dead; a sense of place is important to her, and it shows. That's why I'll be looking forward to pick up Pale Immortal.

Anne isn't "just" an accomplished author; she's also a mom. Although she doesn't blog very much about her private life, I was intrigued when she mentioned that her daughter had designed her website. I've often wondered what Hamlet and his brother will think of my writing career as they grow older, and ways that I can involve them in my work. So I was very pleased when Anne agreed to shed a little more light on how she did it:

I started writing 20 years ago when my youngest was two. I told myself I would give up if I hadn’t sold by the time she entered kindergarten. When it was time to send her off to school, it hadn’t happened, but I’d had some fairly decent nibbles. “Well, she only goes to school two or three days a week. That’s not real school.” I gave it another year. Before she started first grade I made my first sale. But I probably would have kept going, or at least returned to writing somewhere along the line.

People often ask my kids, “What’s it like having a writer for a mom?” But they can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. They’ve gone to conferences and book signings. I took my daughter to a Paris book event. Paris, Illinois. It was a frigid, gray day. A late winter storm had blown in, with temperatures dropping thirty degrees in an hour. We arrived in Paris after dark. A little town lost, dying, with a square and beautiful empty buildings. We were put up in an old folks home that had originally been a hospital. A sprawling white monstrosity right out of a Stephen King novel. An elevator took us to the top floor where we were the only occupants. Down to a white room with white sheets and white towels and a white bedspread. Plus a little white door about two feet high that neither of us would open.

Martha is now grown, with a degree in Scandinavian language and film. She starts a fellowship this fall, but she’s still fairly active in my writing career. She designed my website, and created an amazing book video for Pale Immortal. She and my son (a recording engineer) did the soundtrack. People watch it and say, “The apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Heh!

View the video, listen to mp3s, and read the first two chapters of Pale Immortal here:


Blogger anne frasier said...

christa, i really enjoyed sharing the mom/daughter aspect of my writing career. very cool idea! thanks so much for being part of my blogathon!!

5/9/06 9:44 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Hi Christa. Great post. Welcome to the party! :)

5/9/06 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Susan Flemming said...

Hello Christa. I just stopped by on the web crawl from Anne's blog and I'm so glad I did. I always love hearing how other writers handle writing and raising children. Thanks for the mini interview and thanks to Anne for sharing.

5/9/06 1:13 PM  
Blogger angie said...

I love this blog crawl thingie - given me a chance to visit some blogs I haven't been to before. Enjoy the pimp-o-rama for P.I.!

5/9/06 3:46 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Nice little interview and great post! I'll have to come back and check out your other posts! Off to the next blog!

5/9/06 5:26 PM  
Blogger Shesawriter said...

Great pimping! :-)

5/9/06 5:57 PM  
Blogger Bailey Stewart said...

What a great insight into Anne's life - thank you for sharing.

Gotta get back to crawling.

5/9/06 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christa! Nice play you got here. :)

5/9/06 7:10 PM  
Blogger Christa M. Miller said...

Wow, folks, thank you so much! See what I come home to after chasing a 3-year-old around all day!

Biggest thanks of all to Anne for indulging me, and this great opportunity!


5/9/06 7:41 PM  
Blogger Mary Louisa said...

Awesome blog, Christa. Glad you got a chance to cover that angle with Anne. PIMP ON!

5/9/06 9:01 PM  
Blogger anne frasier said...

thanks for being a part of the day, christa!

5/9/06 9:34 PM  

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