A good friend of mine, Julianna Baggott, is celebrating the pub date of her latest novel, PURE, a dystopian thriller which reviewers are calling a “post-apocalyptic thrill ride.” Julianna is the author of several books including the N.E. Bode series for children, THE ANYBODIES. In addition to being incredibly talented and driven, Julianna is one of the nicest people to know in real life.
With her husband Dave’s permission, I’m reposting an email he sent to her this morning congratulating her on all her hard work. It seems fitting for the Valentine’s season:
Although you figured it out on Monday, I wanted to surprise you on Pub Day with a shower of friends and more support for Pure. All the loving, caring, sharing (is this a Journey song?) of these folks is a testament to your generosity. But the comments they most often make are filled with wonder as to how you do it. I work with you every day. I watch you in the morning, at lunch, in the afternoon, at night, with more wonder than any of the friends who admire you from afar. I’ve been with you for almost every second for the last 20 years, and I’m constantly staggered by your energy, the depth of your imagination, and maybe most importantly, your ability to “harden not your heart,” after “suffering the slings and arrows” of this publishing life.
It’s fair to say that I didn’t know what I was signing on for, that first time I told you I loved you.
I had no idea it would be this good.
You are mine. I am yours.
Happy Pub Day!
I’m so lucky to know Dave and Julianna and their family. They are wonderful people and a fabulous team!
And for any of those looking to beef up their manuscript, Julianna and I share a secret weapon, Heather Whitaker, freelance editor extraordinaire.