My Books Are Here!


Today at approximately 4:30 Elyse ran to get me. “The FedEx guy left a package!” she said. Elyse is deathly afraid or embarrassed by all delivery people and generally hides when they arrive, even if she is expecting something grand like a birthday package.

I ran downstairs and beheld a large box on the doorstep and Ethan and Kaiya dancing around it.

“It’s my box of books!” I said.

“Calm down, Mother.” Elyse said.

I hefted the box inside and grabbed the big scissors.

“Don’t hurt yourself,” said Kaiya. Maybe I was a tad overexcited.

For the first time, I held my book in my hands. It felt surreal.

“Whose books are these?” Kaiya said.

I opened the back flap and showed Kaiya my picture. “Who’s that?”

“Mommy!” She clapped. “It’s your book, Mom!”

“Can you believe it, Ethan?” I said.

“Yeah, are we going to sell that whole box?” he said. “Oh, boy!”

Then he got back to his cartoon. Elyse was already back at the computer.

For some, the packing material held more interest.

But then she got a book out. “Take my picture with your book, Mommy!”

Doesn’t she look proud?

Kaiya was in my belly when I first started writing this book. I had high blood pressure and the doctor had me doing nothing more than sitting up, so during that summer of 2005 I began writing the novel.

Here are the fabulous quotes from other writers:

And the inside jacket with Susan Wiggs’s quote:

And me (courtesy of Elyse):

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

8 thoughts on “My Books Are Here!

  1. I may not know you personally but after reading your blogs, even I am wrapped up in the excitement! Thank you for sharing and giving us insight; I’m looking forward to reading the book! By the way, the cover is very elegant.

  2. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it. Your daughter is adorable. Beautiful book cover too. =-)

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! LOVE the picture of the kid with the book, but I got confused about which “she” that is. Since you’re talking about Kaiya right under the photo, I assumed that’s who it was. Am I right?

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