August 7, 2005

Hello, Great Britain---YOU ARE NOT HOBBITS!

We interrupt my usual incessant rambling about newts and the fat content of wheat-free oat bran juice sweetened safflower oil soaked organic cookie-ish product, (and momentarily suspend the titular HOBBIT YACKET) so I can shake my international groove-thang. gods launches in the UK/Australia in the middle of this month, and there's fun stuff going on across the pond. Not to mention---this is gods' first non American release. Allow me to say, Huzzah! YAY GODS! And also, YAY THE BRITISH! Because THEY ARE BEING NICE TO MY BOOK!

Glamour Magazine (theirs) has picked gods as its Must Read for August. Here's a nice chunklet of the SPIFFY review:
"Now there's a new southern talent, and Jackson's debut is a startling page turner... This is a beautifully crafted, sassy novel, where nothing is quite as it seems, and the way the final pieces of the jigsaw slot together in the closing pages should surprise even the most jaded of readers."

ALSO? Ottakar's (one of Britain's leading book chains) has picked gods as its Book of the Month as well. And I want to kiss them on the mouth for it, quite frankly. Here's hoping the personification of Ottaker's would look like Taye Diggs with a British accent. I'm just saying.

QUASI-LASTLY, the inimitable Sara Broadhurst has written a bang up rec for gods on, a book selling and reviewing site.

REALLY LASTLY, the rights to gods sold in THAILAND last week! So gods will be out there in January, 2007! Lift a bowl of spicy Tom Ka Gai with me.

MEANWHILE, since we are all closing our eyes and thinking of England ANYWAY, I forgot to tell you this thing that happened on folks were watching those special forces type guys track down one of the bombers in Rome (CNN or FOX, not sure which....) I was in and out of the room, kid-wrangling and making myself a sandwich. So I was distracted, but I was listening, you know, and they had these two (American) journalists talking about what we were seeing as the Special Ops guys were calmly and methodically strapping on various equipment, just completely focused and ready to go RISK THEIR LIVES to bring this guy in alive, BUT on one trip through the room, I thought I heard one of the commentators say, "Yes, well, the British are like hobbits..."

I stopped, nonplused, and said, "Did he just say...The British are like HOBBITS?!!???"

My father was looking at the screen with a faintly puzzled expression. "Surely not," he said. Dad is a little hard of hearing so we always have the captions on. We waited a moment and sure enough, across the screen, we see the words, "Yes, well, the British are like Hobbits..."

We collectively boggled. The PM was already calling the White House to sever diplomatic relations WHEN, astoundingly, THE GUY KEPT TALKING. "Yes, the British, they like to stay home, comfortable in the Shire, but when true evil approaches, they take their feet down off their hobbit cushions and and rally and BLAH BLAH BLAH."

So. On behalf of my nation, I wish to say:


You are not at all like Hobbits. No one who is not simultaneously on a) crack and b)24 hour news television would ever think so. Please allow me to apologize on behalf of my nation, and also on behalf of whatever booby-headed mouth pooter they let talk on TV that day.

If I ever decide to move to Wales forever, this will certainly have been a factor.


PS Allow me to pre-emptively and authoritatively say, we do NOT feel the French are anything like Wood Elves.

Posted by joshilyn at August 7, 2005 12:28 PM

Oh come on ... they are a LITTLE bit like hobbits, aren't they? Just a teensy bit?

Congrats on the UK launch and all the great cross-Atlantic buzz. We are reading gods up here in Canada too!

Posted by: Trudy at August 7, 2005 4:56 PM


If you are every in the SF east bay for a book tour.. I invite you to join me at my FAVORITE thai restaurant. Thier Tom Ka Gai will make you weep for joy.

Congrats on the international success of your book!

Posted by: Debra at August 7, 2005 6:47 PM

Wait a minute. *stops, nonplussed* Did she just say "mouth pooter"? *ROFL*

Congrats on the still growing success of gods. Of course, you realize I'm still dying for Between, Georgia's debut! *hint, hint*

You know, given the choice, the British might not actually mind being Hobbits. After all, those turf-covered, in-ground home designs are to die for. All that lovely woodwork. *swoons with ecstatic envy*

Posted by: David at August 7, 2005 8:49 PM

Oh. My. Goodness.

Thank you, m'dear. i can sleep easy tonight.

Posted by: Heather at August 7, 2005 10:05 PM

As an ex-patriate Brit, I'd like to thank you for going to bat for us Britons. We really are not at all Hobbit-like.

Well aside from the feet.

Posted by: Rachie at August 8, 2005 6:40 AM

Debra, she will never meet you at the Thai restaurant to weep for joy if you call her "JOSH". She really hates being called "JOSH". The JOSH in JOSHILYN is really pronounced JOSS. So practice that, and she'll eat Thai food with you. (She may eat with you anyway, but she'll weep for joy more if you have the name right) And ya'll don't EVEN want to know how a hobbit would pronounce it.... (just jossin' ya) By the way, maybe they didn't actually say HOBBITS. Maybe they said "BOBBIES" and the bloody bloke typing the words for the closed caption heard it wrong too?

Posted by: Diana at August 8, 2005 9:28 AM

Actually, it's when you pronounce the JOSH part as FRED that she tends to get really upset....

Also, I hear talking about her like she's not actually there, say, on her own site, can cause problems... but I don't really know.... ;)

Posted by: Mir at August 8, 2005 10:14 AM

Congrats, Ms. International Author! Woo-hoo.

Do you get to go to the UK to promote gods? I lived in London for two years, so let me know if you need a translator to accompany you--I specialize in Southern to British.

And Thailand? Does this mean that someone is going to translate gods into Thai?

More information, please.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 8, 2005 10:44 AM

ooooh, first England, then the continent. Too kewl. Now think about this, somebody sitting on the seawall in Adelbrugh munching on fish and chips is saying something like this...

'I've got the best read, straight from the state's, "gods, of Alabama" quite naughty you know, but a delicious read. Really put down Austen, you've got to try gods, besides you've read that book 20 times. Past the malt, would ya now?'

I like hobbities, my son in law is just what I would think Sam Gamgee would be like, except Steven flies and won't go near a horse. Unless it is Uffington's White Horse.

Posted by: Cele at August 8, 2005 10:45 AM

So, is the cover art different in the UK? I hope you'll post a pic (and one of the Thai cover, too -- how cool is that?!)

Congrats on both -- you deserve it!

Posted by: Aimee at August 8, 2005 10:58 AM

On behalf of myself and my fellow brits I would like to thank you for your statements.

Just becuase my toes are hairy that does not make me hobbit like, and DBF (at a cool 6' 6" tall) is the most un-hobbit like chap you could meet!



Posted by: Kitty at August 9, 2005 8:19 AM