Remember in August when Putnam editor Kerri Kolen stopped by the blog and told us about books she was excited to publish this fall? Then you’ll likely recognize the name Hester Young–she’s the author of the supernatural thriller THE GATES OF EVANGELINE. Kerri’s enthusiasm for Hester’s writing is catching, and once you check out Hester’s debut, you’ll see why Putnam eagerly snapped up Hester’s next two books as well.
Here at Book Country, we’re excited to be giving away 3 hardcover copies of THE GATES OF EVANGELINE. Just in time for Halloween, this is a spooky read Publishers Weekly called “haunting, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful.” Enter to win your copy here.
Read on as we spend the day with Hester, going behind the scenes of her life as a celebrated debut writer promoting her first book and hard at work on her second.
The first thing I hear every morning is my two-year-old daughter screaming “MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY!” And the first thing I see is her bluebird night light, which looks suspiciously like the Twitter logo.
The final pages from my current work-in-progress are still spread out on the dining room table from an editing session last night. I sit down and steal half an hour to work until my son wakes up.
After dropping off both children, I go to the train station. I have some books to sign at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City today. The train ride into Penn Station takes about an hour. I use the time to edit—the deadline for my second book is approaching. Maybe it’s the former high school English teacher in me, but I find it easier to mark up a hard copy.
Katie, my amazing publicist, works with tons of famous writers. I am so lucky to have her and Stephanie and the Putnam team getting my book out into the world. Katie takes us to Little Park, a restaurant near The Mysterious Bookshop.
My novel, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE, was the October selection for the Mysterious Bookshop’s First Mystery Club. Members get signed first editions, which means I get to write my name many, many times. It’s actually fun – the H and Y and G in my name allow for some drama.
More signing . . .
Back home and with both kids collected, I cook dinner. Tonight it’s pumpkin gnocchi, apple sausage, spinach and mushrooms in a cinnamon-sage sauce. A nice autumn dish, and I get to use sage from my own herb garden.
After my kids and I watch some of their favorite scenes from the 1986 movie Labyrinth, my son begins writing his own fan fiction based on the movie. (My son is pretty obsessed with this film.)
The kids are ready for bed now, and it’s story time.
I catch up briefly with my husband, and then it’s back to work. Time to attack my massive spreadsheet of revisions needed! I’ll stay up working as long as I can, given my early wakeup call – usually 11, though a really good writing session may extend into the early hours of the morning.