Thursday, January 15, 2009

Author Guest Post: Holly Shumas + Giveaway

When people find out I’m a practicing marriage and family therapist as well as a writer, they ask if that’s where I get my material. The short answer is no; the long answer is that it definitely helps the creative juices to spend my days immersed in other people’s stories. My new novel, Love and Other Natural Disasters, tells the story of a woman who’s eight months pregnant when she finds out her husband has been emotionally involved with another woman for the past year. This hasn’t happened to any of my clients, though I have dealt with the issue of emotional affairs in my practice.
The best thing about my professional life is the balance: I get to spend half my time interacting, and the other half creating. And I like to think that each enriches the other. Having some solitary time to reflect and create lets me be more present with my clients; getting out of my own head and helping other people makes me a better writer and human being. It’s a lucky thing when your working life lets you express different aspects of yourself, so at the moment, I’m feeling pretty fortunate.
Please visit me over at www.hollyshumas.com for more about my books and thoughts on life, love, relationships, and writing. I’m always available for book clubs in person in the San Francisco bay area, or by phone. Thanks for reading!

Giveaway: Leave a comment to be entered to win Holly's newest book, Love and Other Natural Disasters. To enter, you must have a United States or Canadian mailing address (no PO boxes) Please provide a valid email address and tell me the last great chick lit book you read. There will be FIVE winners!

28 comments:

RAnn said...

I'd like to win

Ruthjoec at aol dot com

Ramya said...

Do enter me for the giveaway. The last chick lit I read was..hmm... Something Blue by Emily Griffin.. wasn't too great but was good:)

ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

Based on the review I think this would be a fabulous read and an excellent book to add to my collection.
Thanks for the chance.

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

mindy said...

i really do not have a favorite i am such an avid reader that i enjoy almost anything thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Would love to win -- have been wanting to get Five Things I Can’t Live Without for a while now, and this new one sounds awesome! I'm just finishing up Hester Browne's The Little Lady Agency and the Prince -- great series to check out. This one's her third in the "Little Lady" books.

Miriam said...

Love this article! Thanks for posting it!

Marie said...

the last great chick lit book I read was "Frenemies" by Megan Crane. my email address is bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com. Thanks for entering me!

MJ said...

haven't read any "chick lit" lately...just finishing Knit 2.

AmandaSue said...

Balancing Act and Bottom Line by Kimberly Stuart were both pretty good (I think they'd be considered Chick lit.) I'd love to be entered please, thank you!
unforgetable_dreamer_always AT hotmail .com

malleycc said...

I would love to win. I don't usually read much chick lit so I don't really have a favorite. I just read The Secret Life of Bees (it is about mostly females so maybe it is chick lit).

taterbug said...

I just finished reading 'Nighttime Is My Time' by Mary Higgins Clark. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

cathyandharold[at]verizon[dot]net

Ali said...

I don't read much chick lit, so i'm digging back a ways to pick The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing as my favorite. Worducopia at gmail dot com.

liane66 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

darbyscloset said...

I like that the autor's day job gives her creative juices a boost! I bet this is a great read!! Last chick lit is "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" by Lisa Daily.
Thanks Amy!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Stephanie said...

I've been reading serious books for awhile, I can't remember the last chic lit. Honestly I'm so new to reading outside of my Dean Koontz comfort zone, that I really don't know the 'definition' of chic lit. I'm reading Be Happy or I'll Scream right now, does that count?

Stephanie said...

Oops, and my email is

daq_17 at hotmail dot com

Serena said...

great guest post. I love how she said she would like to spend part of her life interacting and the other part creating...I agree.

the last chicklit I read that was good was probably Christine Son's Off the Menu, though I really wouldn't consider it chicklit...

savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

I Heart Book Gossip said...

I'd like to win

wendy said...

Last great chick lit I read was " The Notebook"..talk about the tears coming down on that one!

madamerkf at aol dot com

Julie said...

Would love to read-thanks:)
julyso@grandecom DOT net

Gwendolyn B. said...

Interesting post. Looking forward to reading this book -- thank you for the chance.
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I really want to read this! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

heatherlo said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks!

Anita Yancey said...

I would love to win this book. Sounds like a good one. Please enter me.
ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Stephanie said...

Count me in! stephaniedekeyser (at) gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

The last chicklit I read was Marian Keyes' Anybody Out There?

Would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

scottsgal said...

Please enter me in your giveaway

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