April 15, 2009

3Q with David Cristofano (and a Contest)

When I was up in NYC with my niece, showing her my publishing house, someone handed me a copy of THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE for the plane ride back, saying, “I think you will really like this.”

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Understatement. I loved it. In fact, I have to go back and read the book again. I think I missed stuff, because I read it at such a breathless pace. I HAD to know what happened next, and it was never what I thought would happen. I wish I had a book club, so I could make them read it, because I would dearly love to talk about this book with someone, especially the end...

I contacted David Cristofano, told him I was his new big goobery fan, and asked him to sit in a 3Q. He graciously agreed, AND he is going to donate a signed first edition. You enter simply by leaving a comment before Friday at midnight EST, and I will do a blind drawing for the winner.

BOOKLIST REVIEW: After 20 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) and eight aliases, Melody Grace McCartney hardly knows who she is. On the run since she and her parents stumbled on a gruesome murder by mobster Tony Bovaro when she was six years old, Grace saw WITSEC’s promised protection fail her mother and father... But before her new case officer can move her from suburban Maryland to rural Wisconsin, Tony’s son, Jonathan, tracks her down to present an alternative: protection from his family and a life of more safety and freedom than she has ever known. While federal officials pressure her to stay in WITSEC and show her Jonathan’s violent side, her attraction to him grows, and she must decide a course for the rest of her life. This is a compulsively readable, skillfully constructed first novel with well-drawn characters and a plot that twists and turns to what seems the best possible conclusion, marking Cristofano as a writer to watch.

--Publishers Weekly, in a starred review calls it an "Intense, romantic debut...Cristofano's mad love scenario sizzles like garlic in hot olive oil."

JJ: Can you talk a little about the significance of your title and how you came up with it?JJ:

DC: I am one of these writers who always liked to invent the title of a book with nothing more than a concept of the story, before even a single word was written. It always seemed like a fun thing to do (like imagining who would play the characters of your story on screen). The original title of my novel was NOWHERE MAN, because at the time it was told from a man’s point of view. Later, after it became apparent the story must be told by a woman, I temporarily changed the title to NOWHERE GIRL, and it just sort of stuck, and was even acquired with that title.

But during the editing phase, the publisher decided NOWHERE GIRL might mistakenly send the message that the book was a YA title. Not to mention the similarity to GOSSIP GIRL, among others. So I was asked to come up with a list of new potential titles. You would think with all the practice I had in the discipline of title invention that I might have come up with a viable replacement, but the best I could do—after weeks of banging it around—was a list of abysmal, flat-lined possibilities that I ultimately submitted with great hesitation. In the end, it was the publisher herself, Jamie Raab, who penned the winner.

And for what it’s worth, I can’t imagine who would play the parts of the characters on screen either. Go figure.

JJ: I know you are an an "organic writer," (someone who writes their way into a book instead of working from an outline) Can you talk a little bit about your process and what you thought the book would be versus what it became?
DC: Writing this novel was completely organic. I decided against outlining the story from the start because I was afraid it wouldn’t allow me to throw in the unexpected twists and changes—which is standard fare for life on the run. Living in the Witness Protection Program is anything but predictable and stable, and I needed to try to write the story to reflect that uncertainty and the related anxiety. The direction of the story surfaced all on its own and actually helped me to understand the players better. I’d like to say I was in complete command of the characters, but to some degree they ran the show.
The downside, of course, is that it took me longer to complete the project. For me, writing organically means I go through phases where entire pages or chapters get removed, especially in those places where I really did give the characters too much license.

JJ: What's the best STUPID LITTLE perk about having your book published? You must here confess what RIDICULOUS dorky thing has pleased you WELL beyond the scope of it…

DC: Before my book was published, there was a list of things that I thought would be wonderful benefits, but by the time I’d reached those respective points in the journey, I’d either forgotten all about them or they’d become incredibly insignificant. I, like most writers, envisioned the excitement of holding the finished copy in my hands for the first time, or having the story connect with a seasoned reader, and so forth.

But the perk that caught me off guard—and the one that has really stuck with me—was this: My son and daughter, seven and five, are both avid readers, so being in a book store is not an unusual thing for them. But when we all went to our local book store and my son stopped and saw THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE sitting out, he said, “Hey! That’s daddy’s book!” and rushed to pick up a copy. That was the best perk for me. And likely always will be.

Thanks David!

Remember, If you want to enter to win a copy of THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE (and you do) just leave a comment before midnight EST Friday.

Posted by joshilyn at April 15, 2009 8:40 AM
Comments

Ooohhh!!!! I can't wait to read it! Pick me! Pick me!

Posted by: liz at April 15, 2009 8:55 AM

Please!!! Want to read this. Putting on buy list... just in case.

Posted by: heidi at April 15, 2009 9:00 AM

Sounds awesome! Tell Maisy to pick me!

Posted by: Jen at April 15, 2009 9:02 AM

Sounds like a definite must read.

Posted by: Alison at April 15, 2009 9:03 AM

Mememememe! PS: I read "Water For Elephants" because I saw somewhere that you had recommended it, and at first I didn't think I would like it (the beating of the animals and the redlighting people wasn't my thing), but the ending left me stunned, and now I'm trying to make everyone I know read it!

Posted by: Dani Moore at April 15, 2009 9:05 AM

Ooh, this book looks GOOD. I'm putting it on my list whether I win the contest or not. But I'd like to win!

Posted by: Katie B at April 15, 2009 9:07 AM

Ooh, this book looks GOOD. I'm putting it on my list whether I win the contest or not. But I'd like to win!

Posted by: Katie B at April 15, 2009 9:07 AM

Yes, Please!

Posted by: Karen at April 15, 2009 9:14 AM

This sounds fantastic!

Posted by: Kris at April 15, 2009 9:16 AM

Well, now I HAVE to read it, whether I win the contest or not; between your recommendation and the review, it sounds marvelous!

(But please enter me in the contest anyway.)

Jennifer

Posted by: Jennifer at April 15, 2009 9:18 AM

Sounds like my sort of book. Fascinating premise.

Posted by: Jess at April 15, 2009 9:20 AM

OH yah. But PW - "garlic in hot oil"??

Posted by: Jess at April 15, 2009 9:20 AM

Ooh, ooh! Pick me!

Posted by: Becky at April 15, 2009 9:21 AM

sounds like a great book. I would love to win!

Posted by: elizabeth at April 15, 2009 9:24 AM

Now I want to read this today! Pick me, pretty please with a cherry on top...

Posted by: Kelly at April 15, 2009 9:25 AM

Well. If I CAN'T have a fox figurine, then you might as well enter me in the contest for this book. :)

It sounds GREAT!

Posted by: Roxanne at April 15, 2009 9:28 AM

Also on my list whether I win or not. But I want to win! :-)

Posted by: Melissa D at April 15, 2009 9:34 AM

Ooh, definitely sounds like soemthing I would love!

Posted by: Chris S at April 15, 2009 9:35 AM

I love free books. Especially SIGNED free books. As a Criminology major, I double-especially love SIGNED free books about the MOB! And WITNESS PROTECTION! And DANGEROUS ATTRACTIONS!

Sign me up and bless my entry!

Posted by: Tuli at April 15, 2009 9:43 AM

Hmm... this sounds interesting! And I do have a book club that I've just joined. I'd love to have a book to recommend to them :-)

Posted by: Beth R at April 15, 2009 9:45 AM

OH! Pick me, please! It sounds really good!

Posted by: cathy at April 15, 2009 9:46 AM

oooh - I do love new authors and books! What a great giveaway; thank you!

Posted by: Rikki at April 15, 2009 9:50 AM

I am in a book club and we are struggling to find a book for May. This could be the one!

Posted by: Sherry at April 15, 2009 9:56 AM

THE ENTRY SHE HOPES WILL WIN. Ha!

Thanks

Posted by: Tammy at April 15, 2009 9:58 AM

This book sounds fabulous. Pick me!

Posted by: Marla at April 15, 2009 10:00 AM

Great, now I have something to read once my exams are done! Pick me Maisy!!!!!!!
(adding THE BOOK to my list of rewards for making it through the semester)

Posted by: Kimby at April 15, 2009 10:02 AM

I really want to read this book now!

Posted by: Lynnetta at April 15, 2009 10:04 AM

That book looks great, and I love the title! Thank you for entering me in the contest :)

Posted by: redzils at April 15, 2009 10:06 AM

Book club- check
Joshilyn Honorary Member- check
Future discussion on book- check
:)

Posted by: Tequila Cookie Chris at April 15, 2009 10:06 AM

Definitely going on my "to buy" list but winning it wouldn't be a bad thing!

Posted by: Amy S. at April 15, 2009 10:08 AM

Me too, please.

Posted by: Melisa at April 15, 2009 10:16 AM

I am reading it one way or the other, but I'd love to win it.

Posted by: Jill W. at April 15, 2009 10:16 AM

OH ME! I keep reading books that I just pick up and then I see that Ms. Joshilyn Jackson has left a review on the back. Right now I'm reading "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County," for example. Are there any others out there??? Thanks!

Posted by: Beth at April 15, 2009 10:23 AM

wow. that sounds like a GREAT book. Please enter me in the drawing.
:)
Phyllis

Posted by: Phyllis at April 15, 2009 10:25 AM

This came along just when I needed to make some additions to my "must read" list. Winning a free copy would be a great way to do it!

Posted by: Kathy at April 15, 2009 10:27 AM

Well, I just downloaded it to my Kindle based on your recommendation -- but I would still like to be in the contest. If I win the hard copy, I will gift it to someone who has no Kindle. :)

Posted by: Aimee at April 15, 2009 10:31 AM

As a "new" writer, meaning I have only written a couple of short stories I am totally intrigued with the organic process. I have stories in my head that haven't made it to "the file" yet, but I so hope that when they do, that they take over and help me create a story that is as wonderful as Joss's are and this one sounds. I can't wait to read this one! The aspects of the witness protection program are fascinating to me so this will be a great read!

Posted by: Janie Boyd at April 15, 2009 10:38 AM

I hope I wim this book, but if not I will go to the bookstore for it. Thanks, I am always looking for a great book.

Posted by: Shawn at April 15, 2009 10:41 AM

Must read this book. Must.

Posted by: desi at April 15, 2009 10:41 AM

Ooh, sounds good! Please enter me in the drawing - if I don't win it will just have to be a long wait at the library.

Posted by: Sandi at April 15, 2009 10:44 AM

I already have a "want to read" list topping 150, and your blog is giving me so many more, and most of them are a the TOP of the list.

Thanks so much!!

s

Posted by: Shirley at April 15, 2009 10:52 AM

This sounds very good! Please toss my name in the pile. THanks for all the great recommendations!

Posted by: Kathy at April 15, 2009 10:56 AM

Looks like a great read! I love the show "In Plain Sight" - so I'd love to read something about the Witness Protection Program. Thanks for sharing!! :)

Posted by: Amanda at April 15, 2009 10:58 AM

Sounds terrific - count me in please!

Posted by: catherino at April 15, 2009 11:00 AM

And me, please and thank you. It sounds great.

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at April 15, 2009 11:05 AM

Wow. There's a lot of people out there who want this book. Including me!

Posted by: Catherine at April 15, 2009 11:06 AM

"sizzles like garlic in hot olive oil" - I LOVE that quote! Even if I don't win the book, that quote is a prize!!

Posted by: CityGirl at April 15, 2009 11:10 AM

I needed a recommendation, right about now. And to win would be delicious.

Posted by: Lisa Milton at April 15, 2009 11:14 AM

I want to win! Thanks for the recommendation and fun interview!

Posted by: Carol at April 15, 2009 11:18 AM

Throw my name into the hat, please!

Posted by: kmkat at April 15, 2009 11:18 AM

I was totally lost on what I should read next and you have saved me!

I like to have at least two books lined up so I don't have to spend my time worrying about what I'll read next. I can just, you know, enjoy the one in my hands. I'd hit the end of my reading list though, phew!

Posted by: Melissa at April 15, 2009 11:23 AM

Oh this sounds quite delicious, and I love his best perk story.

Posted by: Karen at April 15, 2009 11:23 AM

I love your blog and would love a book!

Posted by: Emily at April 15, 2009 11:27 AM

When my first book appeared in stores, my daughter was about four. I thought it would be great for her to see it there and realize that actual PEOPLE write the books, rather than the books just springing up like dandelions. And it was! But there was an unexpected glitch -- I soon discovered that she thought it meant that I'd written ALL of the books in the bookstore. I wish! lol

Posted by: JMyersbook at April 15, 2009 11:35 AM

This book sounds GREAT! I'd love to win a copy!

Posted by: Darla at April 15, 2009 11:54 AM

I'd love to win the book, please enter me!
Thanks!

Posted by: Rene at April 15, 2009 12:04 PM

I want to win! It looks great.

Posted by: Linda Sherwood at April 15, 2009 12:12 PM

I need a book!
And a PPB sammich. (peeps & peanut butter...)

Posted by: Andrea at April 15, 2009 12:13 PM

Joss, why couldn't you have gone to NY a month earlier? It's my turn to host book club again and it's this Friday--way too late to change books.

But, if your blind draw-er (Maisy?) picks me, I promise to have a book club discussion with you about THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE.

Posted by: Tammy at April 15, 2009 12:13 PM

Ooh, that sounds wonderful! Pick me!!!

Posted by: Eighmee at April 15, 2009 12:15 PM

Sounds like my kind of book. Win or not, I'll have to read it!

Posted by: cheryl at April 15, 2009 12:15 PM

What a great interview. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and title of this book. Would love to win it. If not, I guess it's now on the must-buy list!

Posted by: Susan at April 15, 2009 12:20 PM

OK, I was just going to post saying how excited I would be to win this book. Then I saw Andrea's comment about a peeps and peanut butter sandwich and I completely lost my train of thought. I'm fascinated enough to go steal a peep (or two) from my son's easter basket just to try it out. I'm a bad, bad mother.

Posted by: Erin at April 15, 2009 12:21 PM

Would love to win the book but had to tell you how much I can relate to the need to re-read! I am on my second read of Gods, LOVE IT, thank you. There are a few books that I re-read every year or so, my perspective at the time always shows me something I missed.

Posted by: Jody at April 15, 2009 12:24 PM

tossing my hat into the ring.....

Posted by: Bob at April 15, 2009 12:34 PM

In my current read a novel in a day phase this one is going on my get it soon from the library list.

How is the butchering going on BS?

Posted by: Linda J at April 15, 2009 12:41 PM

This is the second positive review I've read about this book in just a few days. Thanks for sharing David's thoughts with us.

Posted by: Rita at April 15, 2009 12:49 PM

Not in a book club, but if I had a REALLY GOOD BOOK, I'd talk about it to people, so it would be almost like a book club...

Posted by: Diane (TT) at April 15, 2009 12:55 PM

Sounds perfect for my bookclub! Will be on my list regardless.

Posted by: Kaye at April 15, 2009 1:02 PM

I'm not going to win, but I'm going to pretend I might.

Posted by: Mir at April 15, 2009 1:16 PM

Believe it or not, I live in Wisconsin, which makes this book seem even more intruiging. I would love to get my paws on this book. Please?

Posted by: Lori at April 15, 2009 1:21 PM

This sounds like a fantastic book.

Posted by: Jennifer at April 15, 2009 1:30 PM

Count me in, it sounds great!

Posted by: Lara at April 15, 2009 1:53 PM

I get all my best book suggestions from you! I will wait until after you choose to download it on my kindle just in case I win ;)

Posted by: Sharon Severns at April 15, 2009 1:56 PM

Would love to read this one!

Posted by: Cristin at April 15, 2009 2:04 PM

I've seen this book in several unexpected places. I've paused to look at it as I've passed by. Now here it is again. I get the message. Time to read it...and, hopefully I'll do just that with a signed copy!

Great interview! I especially enjoy hearing the answers of first-timers!! (Congrats, David!)

Posted by: Charmi at April 15, 2009 2:29 PM

I need a new read and backseat saints isn't out yet...

Posted by: elizabeth at April 15, 2009 2:42 PM

Pick me! Pick me!

Posted by: heather at April 15, 2009 2:43 PM

Do want! I'll have to get this whether I win or not. It sounds great!

Posted by: Julie G at April 15, 2009 2:46 PM

Sounds like a wonderful book. And thanks for the glimpse into the published writing life too.

Posted by: Margaret at April 15, 2009 2:50 PM

I've put this book on my Amazon wish list (used more as a reminder to myself), just in case I don't win the drawing.

Posted by: CariAnne at April 15, 2009 2:52 PM

Sounds like a fantastic book! My birthday was Monday so I hope I get a late birthday present! hah!

BTW, just finished your first book. Excellent!

Posted by: 5elementknitr at April 15, 2009 2:55 PM

Want! :D

Posted by: Heather at April 15, 2009 3:04 PM

Add my name to the list!

(peeps and peanut butter? really?)

Posted by: Teri at April 15, 2009 3:22 PM

oh me me me! Not only does it sound great, the cover is terrific!

Posted by: Lisa at April 15, 2009 3:25 PM

I really need a good book to take on vacation with me. I would love to win this, and if I don't thanks for the review, I'm always looking for a good book.

Posted by: sherid at April 15, 2009 3:34 PM

Just 1 in a billion...:)

Posted by: Emily at April 15, 2009 3:38 PM

I can't wait to read the book! I love your blog and I love your books!

Posted by: gina at April 15, 2009 3:47 PM

That is indeed one of the best perks in the world I'd bet. Thanks for an interesting interview!

Posted by: Tina S at April 15, 2009 3:49 PM

Sounds very interesting. If you ever do a 3Q with yourself, I'd like to know if you're an organic writer.

Posted by: JuliB at April 15, 2009 3:53 PM

I want this book. Grins. Contemplates hacking WOW accounts...wonders if we could put copies of published books, only ones that Joshilyn recommends in the WOW library....grins...there's your book club baby!

Posted by: Leigh at April 15, 2009 4:35 PM

I want a copy!

Posted by: Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy at April 15, 2009 4:51 PM

I think I'll buy this book anyway but if I could win a signed copy, all the better!

Posted by: Em at April 15, 2009 4:53 PM

Joss-
Lordy-already 93 entries by 5pm Wednesday-but maybe lightning will strike and you-or Daisy Mae-will pick me from the growing pile. Be well and we all look forward to seeing the next book in black and white!

Posted by: Bridget at April 15, 2009 4:59 PM

Sounds like a book I would love to read written by an author I would love to meet. That would be a ginormous perk for me too!

Posted by: Brenda at April 15, 2009 5:00 PM

Hallelujah, the comments are working for me again. I wanted to mention how pleased I was that you explained how to pronounce your name as I was never ever sure, and now I am....but the comments were squonked out for me.

also, this books sounds cool. Have already requested from the library, you know, in case I don't get lucky...

Posted by: babelbabe at April 15, 2009 5:26 PM

Nice to have the 3 questions back! Pick me please Miss Maisy!;)

Posted by: Bridget at April 15, 2009 5:30 PM

This sounds fantastic! I hope I win...

Posted by: Terri at April 15, 2009 5:33 PM

I'd love to win--the book sounds great!

Posted by: Alison at April 15, 2009 5:41 PM

I DO belong to a book club (we celebrate our five year anniversary tomorrow night!). This book sounds like one we'd love, so I can't wait to read it. And if I won a copy? Sweet!

Posted by: pendy at April 15, 2009 6:00 PM

I'm jumping up and down, hand in the air. This is NOT as cute on me as it used to be. But Please o please, pick me! =)

-- lori parker

Posted by: Lori Parker at April 15, 2009 6:16 PM

pleaseletitbemepleaseletitbemepleaseletitbeme
etc.

Posted by: Julia at April 15, 2009 6:24 PM

This sounds like a great book, so I hope you pick me. But I am adding it to my to be bought list just in case.

Posted by: Suzy at April 15, 2009 6:37 PM

Oooh! This sounds awesome! I got halfway through the post and clicked over to my library homepage to request it. :D Nonetheless, I would loooove to have my own copy, since I have a feeling I like it so much I'll want to pass it on to my Mom!

:)

Posted by: Erin at April 15, 2009 6:38 PM

That sounds good! Assuming I won't win, I'm off to my library's website now...

Posted by: ccr in MA at April 15, 2009 6:41 PM

Lovely review, Miss Joss, & I loved his answers to your 3Qs, especially his favorite perk!

Yup, this book's on the must-read list!

Thanks!

Posted by: Lulu at April 15, 2009 6:58 PM

No question, I wanna win too...

Posted by: Jen A at April 15, 2009 7:12 PM

Okay, I'll admit it. I've become your literary stalker. I'm thinking about having plastic bracelets made with WWJR (What Would Joshilyn Read)? Just finished The Lace Reader--just in time for this one.

Posted by: Penny at April 15, 2009 7:14 PM

Sounds like a book I need to read!

Posted by: Julie at April 15, 2009 7:16 PM

Sounds like an interesting read!

Posted by: Jeninlb at April 15, 2009 7:49 PM

Love the cover!

Posted by: Kris at April 15, 2009 7:49 PM

OK today termites were found under the siding of my house AND my ex husband (ex for 15 years) contacted family members on FaceBook, CLEARLY I need to win.

Posted by: Priscilla at April 15, 2009 7:54 PM

I have heard so much about this book. I'd love to get my hands on a first edition

Posted by: ArkansasCyndi at April 15, 2009 7:54 PM

I'm always in search of good books. Since I've read all of yours I'll have to read this one!

Posted by: Rita at April 15, 2009 7:58 PM

Oh, yeah, I wanna win THIS book!!!! Sounds sooooo goooooood!

Posted by: Kaye Richardson at April 15, 2009 8:20 PM

It sounds great. Hope to win. Thank you!

Posted by: TLR at April 15, 2009 8:31 PM

It sounds like a great read! Thank you!

Posted by: Michele at April 15, 2009 8:41 PM

Thanks for the contest!

Posted by: Sarah at April 15, 2009 8:47 PM

Mmm. Books. Nomnomnom.

Posted by: Purrmah at April 15, 2009 9:02 PM

Hmmm, buy now or wait to see who wins ...

Posted by: Patti at April 15, 2009 9:04 PM

me please.

Posted by: Jean at April 15, 2009 9:49 PM

Ooh, ooh, Mr. Kotter!!! Pick me! This sounds like a great book. I'm currently engrossed in Belong to Me, and just noticed you had a blurb in the front of the book. So see, we have the same taste . . . :D

Posted by: Gail at April 15, 2009 10:08 PM

i SO want to win this!!!

Posted by: the planet of janet at April 15, 2009 10:22 PM

Thanks for doing the 3Q! I love hearing about how an author crafts a story. The "perk" is very sweet.

Posted by: JenK at April 15, 2009 10:24 PM

oh yea- I want one of those big 'ol goobery books to be my very own.

Posted by: olga at April 15, 2009 10:29 PM

Wow, this sounds like a great book. Thanks for having a 3Q and a contest for it. :)

Posted by: Margaret at April 15, 2009 10:34 PM

Pick me!! I've been looking for a good new book.

Posted by: Terri at April 15, 2009 10:46 PM

it sounds like a fabulous book! I'm adding it to my list to look for at the library. :)

Posted by: Wendy at April 15, 2009 11:17 PM

Lalalalala...I want one please and thank you!

Posted by: Miss Monky at April 15, 2009 11:34 PM

My husband is cursing your name because I swear I buy EVERY SINGLE book you profile here!

Posted by: Heather Cook at April 15, 2009 11:45 PM

Pretty please, pick me!!!

Posted by: jenn at April 15, 2009 11:50 PM

I'm always looking for new books to introduce to my bookclub, The HOBbies (Hooked On Books). Please enter my name!

Posted by: carol at April 16, 2009 12:25 AM

Oooh ~ pick me! I'm currently out of "readmat" and have a serious jones for the bookstore going. I just finished a re-read of TGWSS, and J ~ can I tell you again how much I absolutely adore that story?!? Because I do.

Posted by: Kim at April 16, 2009 1:58 AM

I'm also going to buy this book if I don't win. But don't let that make you pick someone else!

Posted by: Nik at April 16, 2009 3:13 AM

Sounds great! I'd love to win it!

Posted by: Betty at April 16, 2009 5:17 AM

Oh, goodness, who knew so many commenters would pop out of the woodwork for a contest! (ooh, now that sounds like a termite invasion)

Posted by: Brigitte at April 16, 2009 5:20 AM

That sounds like a fabulous story! *crossing self, fingers, toes, AND eyes*

Posted by: Dory at April 16, 2009 7:00 AM

thought of you this morning when I beheaded my clearance peep.

we can be less thin together!

Dianna

Posted by: Dianna at April 16, 2009 8:37 AM

Thank you for posting an interview with David Cristofano. A couple of people in my online readers group mentioned this book as a good read. Then I received an e-mail from the Festival of Faith and Writing with a link to your blog -- and this book is subject of your latest blog post ! My reader friend described this book as "un-put-down-able", and now after reading your comments on it, I must read it!

Posted by: Michelle Westenbroek at April 16, 2009 8:44 AM

Just finished reading the 1st chapter after following the link you listed....must have more of this book....PICK ME! Pretty please... with sugar on top...and a cherrry...and whip cream...and chocolate...

Posted by: JeanEva at April 16, 2009 9:24 AM

i've got half a dozen books waiting to be read, and i know i will buy "the girl she used to be" way before i have time to read it. unless i win it!

i love it when an author recommends another. all good.

Posted by: lee at April 16, 2009 9:27 AM

I love his last answer. My dad wrote a college textbook once (on astrophysics), and I was really proud when it was finished. How much cooler would it have been had it been something I could understand!

Posted by: Saskia at April 16, 2009 9:50 AM

Sounds like a great read. I sure hope I win...but for now on my Amazon wishlist it goes!

Posted by: Dani at April 16, 2009 10:04 AM

This is not an entry. . .I entered WAAAAAAAAAAAAY UP THERE at the top. This is just me saying that when I saw 143 comments, I thought the spammers and their "make he scrim in plesed" ads were back in business.

Glad it's just people wanting free stuff. :)

Posted by: Roxanne at April 16, 2009 12:21 PM

OOH--sign me up! This sounds fantastic!

Posted by: Heather Bouwman at April 16, 2009 12:40 PM

If I don't win the signed first edition, I'm going to have to drive all the way to Topeka or Kansas City this weekend to the nearest bookstore.

Posted by: Leslie Noon at April 16, 2009 1:05 PM

This sounds like a great book!! I can't wait to read it. Thank you for this opportunity to know the author.

Posted by: Pamela L at April 16, 2009 1:17 PM

The book sounds great!

Posted by: sheri at April 16, 2009 2:04 PM

Oooh - Pick me!

Posted by: RandomRanter at April 16, 2009 2:45 PM

I don't normally come out of hiding, but I am really searching for a good book to read. And this looks like a winner....

Thanks for introducing me to it and hopefully I will be the winner.....

Good Luck All!!!

Posted by: Amanda at April 16, 2009 2:46 PM

Okay, so the link to my blog is very old, but hopefully it will come in handy when you draw *my* name for the book!

Posted by: Tonya at April 16, 2009 3:09 PM

Sounds like a great book!

-FringeGirl

Posted by: the domestic fringe at April 16, 2009 3:29 PM

there is nothing better than garlic sizzling in hot olive oil...except maybe the audio version of Between,Georgia!

Posted by: Mary at April 16, 2009 3:35 PM

How perfect would it be if I could win this?! Last Mother's Day I won signed copies of all your books, Joss, (which, of course, I love and always recommend!) from The Rebel Housewife contest. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to receive "The Girl She Used to Be"! Please!!

Posted by: Melissa at April 16, 2009 3:46 PM

Me! Me! I could use a new book.

Posted by: katie at April 16, 2009 3:48 PM

Oooohh sounds good.

Posted by: pam at April 16, 2009 3:49 PM

Looks great, enter me!

Posted by: Shel Franz at April 16, 2009 5:55 PM

Looks good, looking forward to a few good reads this summer!

Posted by: Traci in GA at April 16, 2009 6:45 PM

Consider me entered! Sounds great!

Posted by: Marisa at April 16, 2009 9:22 PM

OMG...it looks awesome!! I haven't wanted to read anything in months but I SO want to read this book!!

Posted by: Christine at April 17, 2009 5:41 AM

Wow! Sounds great!

Posted by: Gretchen at April 17, 2009 7:09 AM

Pick me. I'z cuter.

Posted by: Amy-Go at April 17, 2009 9:43 AM

Sounds like a must read for me!

Posted by: Lisa at April 17, 2009 11:31 AM

Sounds good, can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Judy Black at April 17, 2009 11:50 AM

pickmepickmepickmepleeeeeeaaase!

Posted by: Skovbo at April 17, 2009 12:17 PM

This looks great! I can't wait to read it. If Joss likes it then I bet it's great!

Posted by: Les at April 17, 2009 1:12 PM


This sounds good--I hope I win!

Posted by: Susan Taylor at April 17, 2009 1:28 PM

I just checked the virtual card catalog at my local public library and it's not there yet.

Maybe I'll get to read it compliments of Kudzu!

Posted by: lynn at April 17, 2009 2:12 PM

Amazing how many of us crawl out of the woodwork when you offer us a freebie! Count me in.

Posted by: TC at April 17, 2009 2:16 PM

Sounds fascinating!

Posted by: Allison at April 17, 2009 4:13 PM

oh, please.....i just broke a mirror yesterday and am worridly awaiting my 7 years of bad luck, but this could totally blow that theory. maybe it will be 7 years of good luck!!

Posted by: dramamama at April 17, 2009 4:49 PM

I'm going to make my bookclub read it either way, but a signed copy would make me feel extra special!

Posted by: Tracy at April 17, 2009 6:47 PM

I am apparently a freebie whore, too, but this really sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by: tuney at April 17, 2009 10:19 PM

My birthday is April 30. You didn't give me anything last year :( I am a notorious book collector, not to mention writing a few.

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I am so Southern that I am related to myself. Time is the only enemy of the pure.

Posted by: Don Webb at April 21, 2009 9:28 AM

I'll bet I'm the first person from The Bahamas to post a comment. Yes, I do have a US mailing address and would love to be entered. Thrilled to have found your blog today. Loved The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.

Posted by: Rosemarie at April 22, 2009 11:45 PM

That sounds FAB! But you don't need to bother with postage to Germany, I'll just buy it. Thanks for telling us about it!

Posted by: alala at April 24, 2009 8:31 AM