To Book Readers Around the World: Thank You!

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next one with renewed hope and energy (although, I’m not sure how much energy I have left after a year with active, young children).

We can all certainly find something to complain about: the bills, the household chores that never seem to end, the lack of sleep . . . the latter being on the top of my list.  We can certainly look at the year almost gone by and think: “I could have done better.”  I know there are things I would certainly change, had I a time machine to send me back (note to self-don’t you dare buy the size 6 pair of jeans.  You won’t lose twenty pounds in a week to squeeze into them.  They will just hang in your closet, taunting you!)

But during this special time in December, when every home seems to be alive with lights, cheer and warm fires, when there’s an extra spring in everyone’s step, I want to focus on the positive, the good in my life.

I’ve been blessed in many, many ways.  I have an incredible family and a circle of friends that have my back (and would bring wine) whenever I need them (the wine is very important). 

I am in good health and chalk up the wrinkles that have mysteriously popped up around my eyes to time spent laughing and enjoying myself. (I will stand by that adage no matter what anyone says: Age is, but a number, after all!) 

And most of all, I am doing the one thing I love to do!  I’ve been given the opportunity to make people laugh-hopefully, belly-laugh-and to forget, if only for a few hours, their own reality by escaping into a story, no matter how fantastical it might be. 

I have been very fortunate to create characters that I love; characters that do outrageous things and help tell stories that make people feel good about finding love, about finding humor, about living life to the fullest. 

And for that, I’m so incredibly grateful to all book readers out there in the world.  Many of you have emailed me. You left ratings/reviews, liked my Facebook page, telling me how much you’ve enjoyed my books.   I can’t begin to tell you how much that meant to me. You are the best thing that has happened this year. You are the reason why I continue to write and churn out more books —so we can laugh together and add a few more wrinkles around those eyes!

So, thank you!  You’ve given me the best holiday present a girl can ask for (well, that and I could do with a Coach bag . . . possibly a pair of lovely diamond earrings . . . oh, and definitely those shoes I saw in the window display last night!)

Happy Holidays!

Erin

My Writing Space

With the release of my new holiday book called The Holiday Gig, I have been featured on www.novelicious.com, where I talk about my writing space.

The excerpt is as follows and can be viewed on: http://www.novelicious.com/2013/12/my-writing-room-by-erin-brady.html#more

I adore coffee. So much so, if I could find a way to have it flow through my veins via an intravenous line, I just might consider it. It seems fitting then that the place I do most of my writing is at my … local coffee shop. It has everything a writer needs: a table, a chair, an outlet to plug in my laptop and, of course, free wifi. But, most importantly, it has coffee!

For the record, I do have a dedicated space at home. It is a lovely space: a bright and airy bedroom, which has been converted to an office. It’s filled to the brim with books and a treadmill that I’ve been meaning to actually use for years now, but so far has been serving as a drying rack from which to hang some of my wet laundry. And while I do a lot of my writing there in the evening, after the kids have gone to sleep, nothing beats my designated corner at my favorite coffee shop for those early morning sessions.

I joke with the barista there that I should have a reserved seating sign on my table. Because it’s there and only there that I can type for hours at a time, uninterrupted. It’s there that I won’t be tempted into picking up my home phone and calling my best friend for what is meant to be a two minute conversation, but actually turns into a one hour gabfest. It’s there that I won’t have my husband leaning into me and shoulder reading what I’ve just written.

I know that I won’t find the million and one distractions that I usually find at home. In my little coffee shop, it’s just me and my thoughts and the sweet, tantalizing aroma of my hot steaming cup of cafe latte whiffing through the air. It’s also a really good place to people watch and, for a writer, that’s a golden opportunity to generate story lines and develop characters. You’d be surprised by the number of ideas I’ve managed to come up with just by sitting and watching the world go by.

So, you can see why this one of my favorite places to write. Oh, and did I mention the coffee?

xoxoxo

Erin Brady

Book Reviews and a Smile!

I am still in awe whenever someone reviews my books positively.  It’s like opening up a present at Christmas.  I still jump up and down in delight and have a smile on my face for the rest of the day after reading a good review.

It makes me want to write a million books if I could, all in one day!  For writers, it’s the ultimate sign of acceptance and it does give you the incentive to keep writing-even when you have writer’s block and can’t think of a think to put down on paper.

I’m so grateful to all of my readers who take the time to offer a review of my books.  Thanks so much!  I won’t ever be able to express how appreciative I am.  All I can do is keep writing and hope you like the next book as much as the last.

Thanks again!

Erin

P.S.-Here is the review that made me smile today!

http://bestchicklit.com/?p=3125&fb_source=pubv1