Thank you to all my dear friends and readers for making 2010 so wonderful.I love the community that has grown up around this website, as well as on my Facebook fan page. The comments have been so warm, touching, poetic, filled with humor and kindness. I am moved by the way you support each other, and so grateful for the support and kindness you continue to show me by reading my novels. Being born a writer was a great gift. I am so fortunate to be able to express deep emotion through my work; by telling stories, I make sense of my own experiences, and enjoy the thrills of leading many other lives. Writing is how I connect. If it weren't for my readers, the books wouldn't be alive. They would still matter to me, but they would be words on a page. They only come to real life through your reading them, relating to the characters, taking the journey with me. For that and so much I am grateful to you.
2011 will bring a new novel, about which I am so excited: The Silver Boat. It is the deepest, truest novel I've ever written--it touches many themes familiar to you, but writing it I let myself go down new and hidden paths. I can't wait for you to read it. My book tour will take me out on the road for the first time in several years. I'll post the destinations under "events" on this website, as soon as I receive details. I hope I'll be visiting your town.
In January a rare book of mine will finally be back in print: Secrets of Paris. Of all my novels this one has been the hardest to locate; I know many fans have spent large amounts on eBay and other such places to buy the old hardcover. In just a few weeks it will be out in trade paperback.
On Facebook I've done frequent giveaways of novels, audiobooks, and DVDs of television adaptions there. If you are interested in finding me there, you can join in the fun. I'm very lucky to have some creative young assistants who always seem to come up with new ideas and ways for me to give back to all of you--to thank you for being such faithful readers. Please visit! (Click here.)
One last thing...here at the end of the year, many readers have asked me where I make charitable donations. You will find links to the right on this web page. But I'll tell you more specifically. NRDC is a great environmental group, dedicated to living in peace with the earth. They protect many endangered species, and work on keeping the oceans clean and healthy. They do amazing work...maybe some of you remember the whale trip I took, to Laguna San Ignacio...the winter grounds for the California Gray Whale. I traveled with a group from NRDC, whose work saved that lagoon and protected it from being destroyed. It's a place where mother whales give birth, and where their calves spend the first months of life. A magical, amazing place. Even a small donation will help the whales and other creatures sharing our beautiful planet.
The other charity closest to my heart would be any national or local domestic violence organization of your choice. Raising awareness, giving support to people affected by abuse, is very important to me and--i know, to many of you.
Thank you all for being so wonderful. I am the luckiest writer on earth to have you as readers. Happy, exciting, peaceful, amazing 2011 to you all!
Much love, Luanne