5/28/18, Memorial Day


Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying a long lovely weekend for Memorial Day. This holiday always symbolizes the beginning of summer….which is not quite the weather we’re getting anywhere on my route. Cold and gray in San Francisco, a friend tells me it’s cold and rainy in Boston, I think it’s been cold in New York, and everyone in Paris is complaining about how cold it is there. And I was in Napa and wore two sweaters and a jacket. So come on, Summer!!! Please try a little harder!!! I brought out my summer clothes this week, and am wondering why I did!! But other than the weather, It’s a lovely holiday, and is kind of a book end for summer, with Labor Day at the other end. So summer has officially begun.

In years past, my husband and I used to spend the Memorial Day weekend getting our home in the Napa Valley ready for the summer, dragging out all the pool furniture, dusting off the porch, pulling summer toys out of the barn for our kids. We spent the whole weekend cleaning things and getting ready, a big job. Our Napa home belongs to my children now—-and I’m still on the cleaning crew, although I only go there once a year now. And I spend several days before the holiday, with helpers, doing the same chores before Memorial Day now. It always warms my heart to go there, and do the same things again, getting it ready for my children to enjoy the place now with their siblings and friends. It’s a tradition now. We bought the home before most of them were born, and there is something touching about continuing the traditions of the past, which is in great part what Memorial Day is about, memories and cherished people. So I spent this week cleaning house and sprucing the place up, power washing, a little painting here and there, and freshening things up. And we are particularly grateful this year, as the big Napa fires last October came within less than a mile of the home. My youngest son very bravely went up during the fires to save all the photographs of their childhood, and mementoes of their father, in case we lost the house in the fire. We were all very grateful we didn’t, and copied the photographs he brought back. They normally hang all over the house, it’s their whole family history on the walls of our old farm. It’s very quaint and cozy. And my BIG BIG job this week was hanging all 464 photographs back on the walls. I hung them chronologically this time, so you can trace back to my husband’s youth, his early days, when we met, our wedding, all the children’s christenings (a LOT of them with 9 kids!!), their childhood and growing up years, right to the present. It was a lot of work, but I had a wonderful time doing it, and it brought back tender memories of happy times. I hope it will do the same for them!!! So that’s what I did this week. A long walk down memory lane and a lot of cleaning.  One daughter always helps me, and we always have fun doing our annual clean up week. So we’re spiffy clean and ready for summer when it shows up!!

The big news for me this week is that my new book, “The Cast” a week after it came out, will be #1 on the New York Times and several other lists this week. No matter how often it happens, it is a thrill for me every time!!! Thank you for buying the book—I hope you love it. It’s about the members of the cast of a hit TV series, and all the complications and secrets in their lives, and their interactions with each other in real life and on the show. It was huge fun to write, with some wonderful characters in it, and surprises, and I hope you love it!!! It should be a really fun read for the summer with characters I loved when I wrote the book.  And now that my big annual cleaning mission is done, I’ve been writing all weekend. I really do hope you love “The Cast”.

I have some busy times ahead, with a lot of work to do. The books don’t happen by magic, so I’m getting to work.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful long holiday weekend, and are starting to make fun summer plans. Thank you for everything, and for making the book #1.  Have a great week!!!


love, Danielle

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7 Comments so far
  1. Savannah Butler May 29, 2018 6:51 am

    I highly doubt that you remember me. Years ago I emailed you because I wanted an autographed picture for my birthday. My Oma and I both adored you. She passed in 2015 but the love for your writing has continued. I have started my own collection now. You are an amazing woman and one of my biggest inspirations.

  2. IP May 29, 2018 8:29 am

    Danielle, just wanted to tell you how lucky are your children! I’m sure for a mother it has to be the biggest compliment and I hope it is for you because you so deserve it! You are such a wonderful, caring and loving mother who is always there for her children, putting their needs ahead of everything else. They must feel incredibly lucky! I hope you have the most wonderful summer!

  3. kathy May 30, 2018 9:32 pm

    I just finished reading Winners. It was a great book. I was wondering where did you get your idea for this book? I have been reading your books since about 1979!!!! I love them. This one just had such a different story-with the spinal cord injury. It was very enjoyable too.

  4. Benedetta Barducci Trivelli June 1, 2018 7:48 am

    why do not you open an instagram account? you could share more with your audience. photos of your passions, of you, of your life and your work. and then because the next book does not dedicate it entirely to yourself … for once your life … simply danielle

  5. PJ June 2, 2018 2:48 pm

    Congratulations-nice to hear one of your sons was named Ambassador to Austria. You must be quite excited!

  6. Donna fisher June 19, 2018 11:01 pm

    Hi danielle.i lve got most of your book.love them all.got no storage anymore so ive had to put them in the loft.im always looking on the internet when your next book coming out .please keeping writing x

  7. Shemau July 5, 2018 11:45 am

    Halo dear (my role model). I am from Nigeria, Africa and I love reading your books. Looking forward to reading more. Love u