Wow!! I can’t believe its fall already. The summer went much too quickly. I got a little second wind of summer by spending Labor Day weekend in warm weather with some of my kids. We were on a boat, wishing that summer could go on forever. And then, somehow, September whizzed by, I’ve been working hard, and its October.

In San Francisco, one gets about 4 hot days a year, maybe 6 (really!! San Francisco is Northern California, so it’s usually 25 to 30 degrees colder than LA, and also than the Napa Valley, which is only about 60 miles away). San Francisco is in a pocket of cold air, with a stiff wind off the Bay, and lots of fog, so it is always cold there. And feels freezing in the summer when it’s 50 degrees). But for about 3 days in June, and 3 days in September, it is hot and warm and gorgeous. And sure enough in the last week of September, it was gorgeous in SF. I spent one day at the beach, and two days on my roof (trying to preserve my tan), and then I had to work. And then the fog rolled in, and it’s freezing again. So I put my summer clothes away today, and that’s the end of it. No more summer. I had a great time with my kids this year, and am really sad to see the summer end.

I hope you had a good summer too. Now I will be working all year, taking a brief break for holidays with my kids, but that’s it for me. I’ll have my nose to the grindstone til next summer, working on new books. It’s fun to get back to work, but I really miss the lazy days of summer!! And I hope we all have a great fall!!


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6 Comments so far
  1. Jessica Conners October 18, 2010 5:30 pm

    I have a 15 year old son that is battling with ADHD,Depression,ODD and Anxiety-his Dr. has said he may be Bi-polar. I have read the story of your son so many times and my heart aches for you- I can relate! We live in a very rural area with limited options for doctors and therapies. We struggle everyday with our son, like you had said it is a full time job taking care of one that is fighting so many demons. Thank you for writing the book about Nick. I learn something new each time I pick it up.*JAC

  2. Magda October 20, 2010 7:45 am

    Hi Danielle.
    So much pleasure talking to you.
    I’m portuguese and i’m a big fan of your books. I have almost all of them!
    I just want to thank you the great moments and feelings I have, reading them.

    With love,


  3. Kimberly October 21, 2010 8:07 pm

    I’m glad you had a great summer AND I’m glad you’re getting back to work cuz so many of us would be lost without more Danielle Steel books to read! 🙂

    I grew up in Northern California and moved here to Southern California when I was 16, 31 years ago… I STILL miss the cooler weather… I don’t think I’ll ever adjust to this heat! You’re lucky; you have bundle up weather all year round: blankets, sweats, jammies, slippers — the best!

    Enjoy & Take Care! <3

  4. Betsy Sackheim October 22, 2010 6:06 am

    Dear Ms. Steele,
    I am writng to ask you to possibly give a remark or better yet be a guest at one of our book club meetings in Glen Ridge,New Jersey.
    You are a most favored author of one our members,Lucille, who passed away this past summer. Lucille was young(40ish),positive and always full of energy until she became very ill with cancer. We miss her.
    We wanted to dedicate a meeting to her and read “Family Ties”.
    I look forard to hearing from you.
    Betsy Sackheim

  5. Betsy Sackheim October 25, 2010 5:37 am

    Dear Ms Steel,
    Forgive me for mispelling your last name when I blogged you last week. I am looking forward to your reply.

  6. Sally Horne October 26, 2010 10:53 am

    Dear Danielle, Hi, I am a fan of your books, I’ve read many of them, but not all, By far my favorite was about Nick! My mother has suffered with mental illnes all her life. She is 83 now and in nursing care. Your book about Nick was so informative, and helped me understand some of my experiences with my mom better. Also, your story along with many other life experiences helped me to become more compassionate towards the illness and the people and families that live with it.

    The reason I am contacting you, is crazy, I’m sure and you get this a million times, but I have a story. I’ve wanted to write a book for many years, but didn’t in order to protect my daughter. It is my life as a young adult. It has love, marriage, baby, abuse, divorce, kidnaping, miracles (from the Big guy!), murder/suicide, legal battles, truly good people, friends, strangers, God’s people who reached out to us,victory, survial, and now a beautiul well balanced girl, my daughter, beautiful person (maybe a little neurotic!)finished college, married and a wonderful mom. Obviously, I’m proud but it was quite a journey. I am 51 and about to start a new chapter in my life, still have 2 girls at home. My question is, where do I start first? I am not a writer, maybe I’m wrong, but I think it’s a great story and a good life indeed, with lots of lessons learned and many more to come, I hope. I doubt I’ll hear from you, but if I do I will be honored and thrilled! Sally Horne