April 13, 2005

Hello, my name is...PUBLISHED NOVELIST

Yeah so, gods in Alabama is officially now released. This day is TRADITIONALLY a BIG LET DOWN day---most writers say that when it actually arrives it is just like every other day and flat and...POO ON THAT! This is the best day ever. THE END.

Here are some things you should know!

1) My friend Wendi Kaufman--I went to college with her so she is a friend from the way back back--FOOLISHLY decided to loan me her ipod over at THE HAPPY BOOKER. In other words, I am guest blogging over there and um...talking about music. Yeah. Music. Hehehe. You should go read it and give her come COMMENTY LOVE for letting me (the most musically challenged monkey to hit the pop charts since the day ALL OF AMERICA SIMULTANEOUSLY DROPPED ACID and pushed Tiny Tim to #1) play at DJ for the day.

2) Ron over at Beatrice INTRODUCED ME TO HELEN ELLIS. Now we like Ron forever, and if you do not know who Helen Ellis is, you SHOULD...she wrote a book I JUST ADORE called Eating the Cheshire Cat. I found Helen's book on vacation, sitting out on a HOT SUMMER READS table. The cover and jacket copy and first few sentences appealed, so I impulse bought it and it was such an odd blend of dark humor and violence that I thought WOW!THERE IS HOPE! Because it is just the sort of book I like. And just the sort of book I wanted to someday WRITE. Also (and this weirds me out) SHE AND I LOOK A LITTLE BIT ALIKE. Which I did not realize until Ron stuck our author photos next to each other. Maybe my mother had twins and liked me better and so sold her to be able to afford to put me through college so I could meet Wendi Kaufman? Or maybe our mother liked HER better and sold me to the woman I THINK is my mother. AND, to add FREAKY to BIZARRO...according to AMAZON, both Cheshire cat and gods weigh in at EXACTLY 288 pages. Hear that high-pitched, tweedly noise? That is twilight zone music, my friends.

Ron does this thing called AUTHOR 2 AUTHOR where two writers interview each other back and forth, and the ELLIS/JACKSON A2A is running all this week. The first installment went up yesterday and Ilinked to it above--the photos are there. ALSO! Keep checking Beatrice because a little more of it will come out every day. HURRAH! Also keep checking Beatrice because Ron is a man with one hand on the pulse of the lit scene. His OTHER hand is probably gently palpating the lit scenes knee under the table. You do not want to KNOW what his FEET are doing to the lit scene. In other words? Ron and the lit scene are TIGHT.

3) I had my little local launch party last night at OWLS TREE BOOKS. This was mostly for friends and church folks -- although QUITE A FEW PEOPLE saw the event in our small town newspaper and CAME! And one intrepid soul named Bill (who has, like 15,000+ signed first editions...Bill is SERIOUS about it) drove all the way down from DUNWOODY.


I was really terrified no one would come and Ms. Virginia (the store's owner, pictured with me pre-signing above) RECKLESSLY bought 5 cases of books (I told her to get 2 or 3 but Ms. Virginia is as headstrong as ANY belle and she just patted my head and said, "Yes darlin'" and then did exactly what she wanted. I was worried Ms. Virginia would get stuck with 3 cases or so and OWLS TREE is a small indy so THAT CANNOT BE GOOD....but SHE WAS RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG. Everyone came. We sold OUT of books and Scott had to go home and get my author copies for Ms V to use and replace. YAY! IT WAS SO FUN! The little store was just PACKED!


THE ONLY BAD THING: There is this woman at my church who I see every Sunday at COFFEE CLATCH and every Wednesday at church supper and she has ALWAYS BEEN THE NICEST HUMAN ON THE PLANET TO ME. Seriously, she always asks after my family and is just the sweetest woman, very vivacious and funny, just a PLEASURE to be around... and I realized at the signing that I have been calling her ...
For TWO YEARS now.
To her face.

Yeah. I should be drowned like too many kittens. THAT IS SO TYPICAL OF MY INVETERATE BONE-HEADEDNESS. Sadly, sadly typical. One of my favorite people at church (Teresa) was christened MRS. CHUCK the entire first year I knew her there because her husband, Chuck, taught my Sunday School, and, well, see notes on my bone-headedness and instructions on exactly how to drown me, above.

The Upside: I know BOTH these women from CHURCH, so they are morally obligated to forgive me. Somehow. Eventually.

Good thing I am leaving TOWN for six weeks, huh. SPEAKING OF WHICH!!!! I leave in five hours! YAY! BOOK TOUR! I will blog it from the road as the laptop allows.

Posted by joshilyn at April 13, 2005 6:53 AM

Wow. It's finally here. WOW. And I mean that.

Don't feel bad about the name thing. It took me a year to realize that Chuck's name wasn't TED, so Teresa was MRS. TED, to me. You are not alone.

On my way to BORDERS!! YIPPEE!!!

Posted by: Amy at April 13, 2005 8:31 AM

Congratulations, Joshilyn! This is a big day, and I hope you enjoy every moment of it.

Posted by: katie willard at April 13, 2005 8:36 AM

Never doubt the woman who owns the store -- she knows what will sell!

Yay! So exciting!

Posted by: Beth at April 13, 2005 9:51 AM

Congrats darlin....I know today will be wonderful because you will make it so! We are celebrating here and telling all of our friends. Have a great tour and will see you soon.

Posted by: Gabi at April 13, 2005 9:51 AM

First of all - you look great! All skinny and put together in your pretty skirt and twinset. But, um, shoes? What do the shoes look like?

Also, don't feel too bad. My across-the-street neighbor for whom we bake, whose husband regularly shovels for us, who are very nice and we talk to often? Yeah. Her name is either Patty or Cathy (or Kathy). I don't know. I called her one of those names to the next door neighbor who promptly corrected me (me, feeling like an ass) but do you think I can remember which I said and which I was corrected with? Nope. So I pretend I'm super polite and call her Mrs. ... It works for now. Later, we'll move.


Posted by: Em at April 13, 2005 9:56 AM

I'm the world's second-shyest person, and have been working myself up to this for days... (what, leave a written comment on a writer's blog? Hey, no prob...)
I've been reading your blog for about a month, now, and have REALLY been enjoying it! I've been slowly reading through the archives, trying to make them last longer...
And I read the book a few days ago, and LOVED it! I've been recommending it to everyone who'll stand still & listen to me for more than 30 seconds - and that's not easy for a shy person :)
I hope you sell bazillions of copies and it stays at the top of the Times Bestseller List for at least a year and a half!
Thank you for your writing - both blog and novel. And I hope the next book comes out really soon...

Posted by: Gayle at April 13, 2005 10:27 AM

Congratulations on the official release! I'm almost done (I've been forcibly reining myself in because I don't want to be done reading) and loving the book so far. I've recommended it to a bunch of people, and this morning on the bus I subtly flashed the beautiful cover at my fellow commuters and sent book-buying brain waves that they will be unable to resist.

Posted by: Aimee at April 13, 2005 10:56 AM

BIG HUGELY HUGE DAY, JOSS! Congrats! :o) & {{hugs}}

Posted by: Martha O'Connor at April 13, 2005 1:50 PM

Got the book in the mail yesterday and already drank it down in one delicious gulp. I loved every word.

Posted by: Amanda at April 13, 2005 3:40 PM


And if you can hear it--if I have not deafened you with my squeeing--I am also telling you that you are a FABULOUS BITCH whom I love very much and that is the ONLY THING saving you from me HATING you for looking SO GLAM at your signing. What was that again, about the skating and the needing to exercise because you're big? I see no big! I see a gorgeous, brilliant lady in a color that lights her face right up and a skirt I am even now plotting to somehow steal.

But yes, we need a picture of the shoes, too. ;)

Congratulations, Joshilyn. You've arrived.

Posted by: Mir at April 13, 2005 7:07 PM

You are looking FABulous! Congratulations!!

P.S. I introduced my brand-new-love-of-my-life boyfriend to my sorority house saying "Everyone, this is Jeff". After several "Hi Jeff!"s he finally said "Um..my name is Greg." DoH!

Posted by: Kimberly at April 13, 2005 7:33 PM

Congratulations Joshilyn! You're right. A big day and I'm about to bust! Keep on keepin' on. See ya' in Greenville!

I like your outfit in this picture. Nice skirt!

Posted by: Waylon at April 13, 2005 7:33 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!! Saw the EW photo and review--good stuff! Will we see you on the West Coast?

Posted by: Marilyn at April 14, 2005 6:57 AM

Congrats, Joshilyn!

Wanted to let you know, if you don't already, that the latest Doubleday Book Club email update featured "gods..." under "Exciting Arrivals". Pretty cool, yes? :-)

Posted by: DebR at April 14, 2005 9:30 AM

Just so you know, I checked Amazon and your book is now #741!!!! That is awesome babe. It's moving on up! Will you still love us when you are famous and on Oprah and stuff?

Posted by: Gabi at April 14, 2005 1:23 PM

I get to MEEEEEETTTTT you. I am so excited. And I justc an't hide it. Tho, reading you reminds me how, um, lacking, I am in the writing talent department, as of late. Isn't it sad that I NOW see I used to write some really good stuff, but NOW I cannot seem to do it anymore? Ba! Maybe you will rub off on me. I wish we would have time to do more than a 2-minute hello. You, me and Tiff could go out for drinks. Cept, I don't like alcohol, but I could have a virgin drink. *snicker*

I added Helen's book to my amazon wishlist. The Library does not have it. *frowns* You WILL take pictures with us, right? I will have my camera batteries fully charged.

Posted by: Heather at April 14, 2005 1:47 PM

I read the first sentence and now I am hooked! I can't wait to order the book and start reading.

Posted by: Rbelle at April 14, 2005 10:40 PM

Mostly want to thank you for sharing this ride with us. Your blogs have enabled us to feel like we are a part of your life, the life of a caring human being and a published author, something that most of us will never approach in the normal course of our own life orbits.

Joss, with all my heart I thank you.

P.S. Couldn't wait for my copies to get here so I hit the local Barnes & Noble. They had gotten only 10 copies and I managed to get the last one.

Posted by: Judi at April 15, 2005 1:33 PM