Ahhhh….that simple pleasure that transports you no matter where you are. Poolside. Shoreside. Curled up in a favorite chair.
Well, get ready to add to your summer reading list! Overseas, by first time novelist, Beatriz Williams, is launching tomorrow and the early reviews are stellar! Here are just a few about this passionate sweeping novel of love that transcends time.
— The Library Journal (Starred Review)
— Ladies’ Home Journal
— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London trying to hide her early attempts at fiction. First, on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant and then as a stay at home mother of four! Beatriz now lives near the Connecticut shore balancing writing and laundry.
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As we are approaching Mother’s Day weekend, Beatriz wrote a short essay for us about balancing work & motherhood that will have you smiling and give you a taste of her witty writing style. Enjoy!
is so familiar by now, I almost get a kick out of it. “Four children?” the woman demands, eyebrows shooting into outer space. “Oh my goodness. How do you do it?”
place at a cocktail party in carbon-conscious Marin County, California, rather
than back home in the iconic East Coast afflu-burb into which life has pitched
me. Families with four and even five kids aren’t
all that uncommon where I live, although it’s
considered rather vulgar to attempt it without at least one nanny, so my brood
can safely walk around town without any Von Trapp jokes flying our way.
we don’t have a nanny. We don’t even have a second car, just a minivan with an interior
coated in a timeless film of stickiness. If my kids go out the door in matching
outfits, it’s purely by lucky accident; if
a week goes by without me racing after the school bus with a homework folder
waving frantically from my hand, it’s a divine miracle. So I can’t quite explain how I’ve managed to write six novels
in the past three years. I can only offer a few survival techniques, and if you
successfully apply them to balance your own career with family life, you’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Din.
necessities: family, writing, and running. Anything else – including sleep, sadly –
gets done in the bitter dregs of time left over from these activities. Look, if
you think you can accomplish anything without sacrifice, think again.
Over the past few years, I’ve carefully cultivated a
reputation for absent-mindedness among my friends and family. That way, no one’s offended when I forget to RSVP for the party until the
day before, or when the Christmas thank-you notes arrive just in time for
not. In fact,
the life of a stay-at-home mom is well-suited to a writing career. As I race
the Sticky Minivan along the leafy streets of town to pick up Four from nursery
school, my mind is hard at work on a dialogue between my protagonists. While
Two pouts her way through ballet class, I’m trying to work out a plot
conundrum without killing off any major characters.
years ago, when I wrote my first published novel during a six-week period of
insomniac creativity, and I recently upgraded from grande to venti. Don’t ask me why it took four kids and six books. Like I said
before, I haven’t the faintest idea.
Now to the fun part. Beatriz is going to give away a signed copy of her new novel, Overseas, to one of you! Just leave a comment by Sunday, May 13th and I’ll pick one at random. Open to everyone…so spread the word!