Today's guest author, Abby Fabiaschi, is a human rights advocate and board chair for Her Future Coalition, an international nonprofit with a unique prosperity model that uplifts victims from human trafficking and extreme abuse. In 2012 Abby resigned from her executive post in high tech to pursue a career in writing. I Liked My Life, is her first novel.
Abby is excited and ready to reply to your emails, so please welcome her to the book club and when you send an email you're also entered in the giveaway. Two copies of I Liked My Life are waiting to send to book club readers. Email: email@example.com
Welcome to the book club Abby Fabiaschi...
My children are 11 months apart; no one does that on purpose. When my son came along, my daughter was unimpressed. She'd stand at the door for hours a day, pointing outside, stomping her foot, and yelling, "Bye, bye baby. Mommy, put baby bye bye."
Now they don't remember a single moment without the other.
It's funny how change is that way: at the frontend--the bottom of the mountain--you can't imagine ever forgetting how grueling the climb was, but then--after cresting that final peak and looking down--you know it's the amazing view you'll remember.
Pregnancy is another example where the outcome overshadows the agony (unless you're one of those women who glow the full nine months while a perfect little basketball pops from your belly and the rest of your body remains the same, which I was not).
For me, writing also fits in that bucket.
When my son was three, I overheard him talking to other preschoolers. "My mommy is a teacher," a tall girl said.
"Mine's an attorney," another one piped in.
It was my son's turn: "My mom writes books but nobody reads them."
At the time, I had every reason to believe that would always be the case, publishing odds being what they are. Rejection had become something that arrived every morning by mail or email to be digested along with my tea. It was with total astonishment that I learned from my agent I LIKED MY LIFE would go to auction with four major imprints.
There's a manuscript titled Last to Laugh on my computer that will never be bound or sold, more versions of I LIKED MY LIFE than I care to admit, and rejections, so many rejections (I was once fired by my own agent, something I didn't even know to worry about until it happened). But, now, here I am looking back at the climb with gratitude and nostalgia, my hardcover debut in hand, wondering if it'd feel as amazing if it hadn't been hard won. What makes great moments great is the grit it takes to achieve.
Please email Abby, say hello, and when you do you'll be entered in the giveaway for a copy of her debut book, I Liked My Life.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
* This month's Penguin Classics book is TOMORROW IS NOW, by Eleanor Roosevelt. Click the link below to start reading, and be sure to enter the drawing for your chance to win a Penguin tote bag: http://www.supportlibrary.com/bc/v.cfm?L=drclassqqxqB1AFE3FA4999&c=CLASSICS