I am thrilled to announce that I have sold my first novel. Helen of Pasadena will be published on November 1, 2010 by Prospect Park Books.
You can read the official announcement from Prospect Park Books here.
What’s it about you ask? Here’s a brief synopsis:
Helen Fairchild, is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo- playing son destined for the most select high school; volunteering her time on the most fashionable committees. It only bothers Helen a tiny bit the she has never quite fit in with the proper Pasadena crowd or finished that graduate degree in Classics or had that second baby. The rigid rules of society in Pasadena appeal to Helen, the daughter of Oregon “fiber artists,” even if she’ll never be on the inside. And then along comes a freak accident, killing her philandering husband and leaving Helen broke, out of her “forever” house, and scrambling to salvage her once-rarefied existence. Enter Dr. Patrick O’Neill, noted archaeologist, excavator of Troy, and wearer of adorable nubby sweaters. A job as Dr. O’Neill’s research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs to re-invent herself professionally, personally, and romantically. Helen’s world widens to include a Hollywood star, a local gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Benefit Chair, an unforgiving admissions director, the best real state agent in the biz, and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O’Neill. While uncovering secrets about Ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love.
Thanks to all of you for supporting and encouraging my writing over the last year. Writing a novel was a completely different experience for me. I literally couldn’t have do it without everyone who asked me over the months, “How’s the writing going?” You pushed me to finish. Public humiliation is my favorite form of motivation.
And thanks to Prospect Park Books and Colleen Dunn Bates for her enthusiasm about Helen of Pasadena. After many successful bestsellers in the food and travel guide area, Helen of Pasadena will be Prospect Park Books first novel. So, it’s a new frontier for both me and Colleen. I have no doubt my Helen is in the right hands.
You’ll be hearing lots more from now through November about various aspects of getting the book to market. But, I’ d love to hear your ideas about how I can spread the word about Helen of Pasadena. Prospect Park Books and I will be arranging local Southern California events in November and December. If you are in my area and have an appearance request, send it to me. My publisher will be coordinating the calendar, but I will forward on your e-mails. Write lian at chaos chronicles dot com with all pertinent information: organization or business, date, time, contact info.
In January 2011, we will be turning out efforts to the rest of the country. As of now, the “national tour” will include cities where I have relatives to stay with and sufficient frequent flier miles to get there! But that may change in time and circumstance, so if there are any appearance requests for January 2011 and beyond, e-mail me with the dates and information. Group meeting, conferences, speaker series- let me know. I can try my best to make it happen.
And, I know we have many writers, influential bloggers, and avid readers amongst the Chaos Crew, so please feel free to share with me any ideas you may have about spreading the word about Helen of Pasadena. Prospect Park Books and I will breaking out of the traditional book publicity mode. Your input is appreciated.
Finally, if anybody knows Kate Winslet, Helen is made for her. So send Ms. Winslet my way.
Thanks again for all the encouragement! Embracing my chaos, Lian
Students of the Classics:
My thoughts on what I learned from studying the Classics: Lian Dolan on Power Ambition and Glory in Forbes Magazine
This list cracks me up! Thanks, Willamette! You factor into the novel. Let’s hope I become the next JK Rowling! Famous Students of the Classics
And a interview I did with my publisher while writing the book: