I admit it. I am totally blissed out and excited. My new novel Pictures of You is officially out January 25, but already, it's won raves from Minnesota Star Tribune (they compare me to Alice Munroe!), the Washington Post, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, I'm a Lit Pick at the San Francisco Chronicle, and O, Elle, People and Vanity Fair raved, too. The press seems to think I'm literary, and I'm happy about that.
So, why am I number 4 in psychological thrillers on Amazon? And why am I part of a mystery promotion?
I'm delighted and a little confused. I never intended to write a thriller or a mystery--in fact, I'm not sure I know how to write one very coherently, yet somehow that's part of the categorizing going on. I know when I went to get my blurbs, I didn't want to be pigeon-holed, so I sought out blurbs from Pulitzer Prize literary winners and uber-commercial writers, as well. I wanted to prove that you could be both literary AND commercial, that the lines could blur. So maybe you can be both literary and thrilling, both psychological and mysterious.
So maybe that's what's happening here. And does it matter? The thing I want most is for people to read my work.
I'm about to start on my Vintage Beaded Sweater and Red Cowboy Boots tour next week (see www.carolineleavitt.com for details, and please come see me!) and i can't wait to talk to the readers. Who knows, one of them might just consider me a comic writer. Now, wouldn't that be something?
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