By Christine Thackeray
I think the last few times I've posted here it has been on the wrong day, but it really is MY TURN. I just got home from a wonderful family reunion and went by Cedar Fort to pick up my new book. What fun to hold it in your hands for the first time, although I haven't seen it in stores, and it's not on the DB website yet so I'm biting my fingernails because I know sometimes they pass, which is a REAL BUMMER.
Speaking of Bummers, a recent back injury forced me to cancel a number of book signings, but one of my cousins called the other day and when I bring my daughter out to BYU in August, she's going to do a big book club with me as the keynote speaker. Wa-hoo.
It's funny how these books are just like our babies in a way. "Lipstick Wars" is like my testimony of visiting teaching, a warning of trying to be too perfect, the importance of diversity in friendship and the meaning of real service.
So my husband decides to read it. The first time he has ever read one of my books. At the end of the first chapter I stick in a teaser which he says is totally cheating. I show him where all the clues are to understand this new character and that it is a fair literary device used by many well-known authors. He'll have none of it. Then each chapter he critiques something that could have been better. My character should be smarter, and her neighbor is stupid for being so mean. I tell him it is called conflict, the basis for book? That if they weren't flawed with problems we all carry, what would be the point of writing it? He's still reading but I can see why he is a nonfiction engineer. I love him just the same.
In my defense my sister read it with her dentist husband and , WOW, they loved it. Read here. So if you get a chance, read it and tell me what you think.