I'm Mad at a Couple of Writers

I can't believe they'd even do this to me. Anyone, EVERYONE, who knows me knows how much trouble I have with sleep. I am a classic insomniac--the sleep doctor said so. Why would anyone do anything to destroy what little sleep I get?

The perpetrators: Fiona Neill and Sara Zarr. Ms. Neill has written an intelligent mommy-lit novel--think Desperate Housewives (without the murders) meets Sex in the City. The writing is quick and witty. Lucy, the main character, doesn't bore me with how cute her kids are or rant about her husband or any of those other things that real people bore me with. I could be friends with Lucy. That's why I can't put Slummy Mummy down. It's smart fun.

Sara Zarr made me stay up past 2 a.m. on a school night with Story of a Girl. Sara, how could you do this to me? It was almost midnight; I was going to read only one chapter, but no, your writing was too real and too tight for me to put down. It wasn't even like I was reading a book; the reading was effortless. I don't remember turning the pages. I just remember looking at the clock after closing the back cover.

Excellent stories. Amazing writers! (Fiona, Sara, you owe me some ZZZs.)


Virginia Lee said...

The last writer to do that to me was JK Rowling and she killed one of my fave people to boot! I swan, if I ever meet her one day I'm going to sock her in the arm for killing him too.

Really though, I kinda love it when a writer keeps me awake. I regret it the next day, but only briefly.

Linda D. (sbk) said...

I love reading a book that's good enough to keep me up all night. The last one to do that to me was TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. It had been quite a while before that ... probably HP.

Who needs sleep when you're on a book high??

Church Lady said...

Is it really called "Slummy Mummy?" I just may have to get that one!!

courtney said...

Woe to your lost ZZZz, but yay! to experiencing the magic of a book that keeps you up all night (twice!).

Ello said...

I just love it when that happens! It's book magic!

Danette Haworth said...

Yes, I'm in awe of writers who can do that to me. Plus, I have an ample supply of coffee.

What is with writers and books? We read 'em, we write 'em, we can't get enough of 'em. When I fall into a book and realize I'm lost in it, it's like I've found a treasure.

Church Lady,
Ha! Yes, that's the real title. Though she's not slummy at all. (At least not yet; I'm not finished with it.) Maybe it's a British thing!

I agree with you. It's so rare that a book takes me so completely. That experience is almost relegated to my childhood. But every now and then, something awesome comes along and I disappear into the story. I love it when that happens!

It is book magic!

Hey, did you change your avatar? So soft and sweet!

Ello said...

Yeah the total opposite of my previous avatar, huh? Church calls me Googly eyes now!

Mary Witzl said...

Writers do this to me all the time too, Danette. I just hope that someday I'll be able to return the favor.

Those books sound good: that list of mine just keeps growing and growing. And to think that I used to have to ask my friends if they could recommend any good books!

Catherine J Gardner / Phoenix Rendell said...

Oh, I haven't read a book like that in ages - I am so jealous. :)

Bob Andelman said...

You might enjoy this audio interview with "Story of a Girl" and "Sweethearts" author Sara Zarr.