3/27/17, New York New York!!
I hope everything is going well for you, and that you’re busy and having fun, and that good things are happening for you. I’ve been travelling a LOT lately, and writing a lot. I’ve been travelling for the last two months. And I just had a chance to do something I haven’t done in many many years, I just spent three weeks in New York. Usually I just fly through for a night or two on my way to San Francisco or Paris. This time family events required me to be in New York for several weeks, and it was a busy, fun experience. New York is always electric, more so than either San Francisco or Paris. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to spend a lot of time with three of my daughters, without rushing off the next day. They have busy lives too, and work hard, but we managed to carve out some really good time together. I LOVED it!! I always do. It reminded me though of all the reasons why I don’t want to live in New York. Although supposedly Spring, the weather was absolutely freeezzzing the entire time I was there. It snowed lightly once, and I was there for a blizzard, when the entire city was shut down, offices and schools were closed, and I got stuck in my hotel for three days, which gave me some unexpected time to do some writing. I edited three books during the weeks in New York, had a wonderful lunch with my publisher, which was terrific, and found time to visit a very dear friend whom I hadn’t seen in too long, a remarkable woman!!! And I appeared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, which is always a major treat for me. My newest book “Dangerous Games” came out in hardcover a few days before I got to New York, and it was #1 on the bestseller lists yesterday. I hope you’ve had a chance to read it. It’s a political thriller, a little different for me, and an exciting book full of twists and turns and surprises, some of which even surprised me!!! So it has been a busy few weeks!!! No fashion shows, just family, and a little business. And a lot of icy cold freezing weather, every single day (in the teens most of the time I was there.)
I’m off to see the rest of my children now, visit one of them in her city, and spend Easter with the ones who’ll be around. I used to have green and blue and purple fingers for weeks after Easter, from dyeing eggs with my kids and making Easter baskets. I have to admit, I miss it!!! Now we have a grown up Easter brunch, although I provide rabbit ears for everyone who comes to lunch.
I’ve had my little Chihuahuas with me during all my travels, which is always fun for me. The puppy, Lili, is still driving Minnie and Blue crazy, she wants to play ALL the time, and they don’t. She has limitless energy, and we’re all hoping she settles down a little as she gets older!!! (Her favorite game is finding a box of Kleenex, and shredding it all over the house into a million little pieces!!)
So that’s what I’ve been up to, blizzards and New York, and family. It’s been a really lovely few weeks, and I’ll be starting a new book soon. I hope you have time to read Dangerous Games in the meantime. Have a fabulous week ahead—-hopefully without a snow storm!!
I was just reading some of your recent responses to my blogs, and I’m always touched by the very nice things you say!!! A few things came up that I wanted to respond to, so I am adding a PS to today’s blog.
One lady said that her happiest Valentine’s Day EVER was bringing her baby home from the hospital on that day. Me TOO!!! I brought my son Maxx home from the hospital on Valentine’s Day!!! He was 4 days old. Such happy times!!!
Another person said that they would like to see more photos. There’s an explanation for that. I don’t have a Smart phone, I am not high tech, and you would laugh if you could see my phone, which doesn’t take pictures!! I have a tiny little Nokia phone from around the year 2000. You can drop it off a building and it never breaks. It’s very small, and when someone calls me, or I have a message, it lights up. I’ve had several of them, and when they wear out, I find another one of the same vintage on the Internet, so I have been stubborn about not getting a Smart Phone—-which is why I don’t take pictures with my phone!!! But I will try to send more pictures, with someone else’s phone!!
Someone else asked why I don’t write series, or sequels to my books. (I would LOVE to write a TV series, but haven’t yet). And I’ve discussed writing sequels to my books, but I like wrapping a story up all neatly and tie up all the loose ends. And I’m always hesitant to write sequels, so that people don’t say, “nah…I liked the first one better…” I don’t like comparisons like that. So, for now, there are no sequels to the books. But you never know, that could change if I get inspired to write a sequel one day.
And the last question was a sad one. A young woman in France asked why I’ve never mentioned Julie Campbell again, the extraordinary woman who helped take care of my son Nick. I wrote about her in my book about Nick, His Bright Light, and she was a very, very important and much loved person in our lives. That story had a doubly sad ending. She fell into a deep depression after Nick’s death, and never recovered from it. Like Nick, she committed suicide not long after his death. It was a terrible loss to our family, and for hers. She left three young children and a loving husband, and we remain close to them. He remarried a wonderful woman, the children have grown up and all are doing well. She died after the book about Nick was published, and I was too shaken by her death myself, and it was just too sad news to share at the time. So she and Nick are together, and will always be greatly loved, and much missed.
So that answers some of the points you brought up. Take care, and talk to you next week!!
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It seems you spent really great weeks in New York. Spending time with family is always wonderful. Oh, the weather in NY…one of my friends live there, and she couldn’t travel from NY to Budapest to visit her parents, the flight was cancelled because of the snow.
I am so exciting about Dangerous games. But here in Hungary, we have to wait long time for translation.
Your book about Nick, His bright light is one of my favourite books. I read it several times. It’s a wonderful but sad story, and I think it’s an important book because people can learn a lot about manic depression through Nick’s story. I’m sure that Julie was an amazing woman. It’s very sad that she died. It was definitely a tough time for you and for her family.
I hope you have a fantastic week, and you can enjoy the spring sunshine 🙂
Im unsure if you will receive my message but would like to introduce myself as a mother of a son who committed suicide in 2006. Dylan was an amazing young man with a bright future ahead of him and showed no signs of depression. To this day we do not know what transpired but I have had to accept it as it was his decision to pull the trigger. It took me 5 years to come out of the fog and today the only advice I have for parents is to let your children know that you love them. Hug them, talk with them, learn to get to know your children. I feel the same pain as you. Regards Marion
Amen to Nick and Julie being together and greatly loved and missed. You are still connected to them by this love. As J. K. Rowling said, when a love one passes the love isn’t turned off like a faucet.
My hope or prayer would be to have lunch with you someday because you have been through so much and you didn’t give up. This helped me.
Thank You for all the good you do.
You looked beautiful with Robin.
Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind,
P.S. Perhaps you will share more “hope” stories with us in the near future. Perhaps I need to buy your new books when I am able too.
…the only advice I have for parents is to let your children know that you love them. Hug them, talk with them, learn to get to know your children. I feel the same pain as you. Regards Marion
God Bless Us ALL especially those who were unloved by their parents and were lost along the way.
Truth, Wisdom, Love and sincerity, to ALL Mankind.
What a nice update for us and I was excited, because I am the lady who brought home my baby on Valentines (many years ago!) like you did! I live in NY,(not the city) so I know the blizzard you were talking about!
Happy travels, it definitely agrees with you, and keep those books coming!
Thank you for the wonderful update and for your exquisite books. Your sense of storytelling is unique and you’ve brought so much joy to readers all over the world.
Being from Europe, and having lived in New York for a long time (moving back soon), and being a mother who adores her kids, I can very much relate to your writing the different worlds you bring us to in your magnificient books.
Literally finished your book about Nick 30 minutes ago and thought to look up how the family are doing now, all your children are beautiful and seem happy , a true reflection of your dignity and grace, I am reeling from the news that Julie did not or could not go on! As in life someone had to stay and in death someone had to go with him, no words can fully explain or make sense of our lives on this earth. That boy was and is utterly captivating
Jesus Christ said I am the gate to the sheep pen he said enter through the gate there is a woman from Central America who died and went to the ugly place she felt she didn’t belong there demons were clawing her forearms Jesus rescued her when Jesus said it is finished he fulfilled every thing we can do and everything we can’t love Thomas
I’m wondering if your children suffered from all the time that you devoted to Nick, and also if that devotion to Nick interferes with your marriage to John Traina. Are you close with John Traina now?