Why, hello there!
Things look a bit different around here, no? If you're looking at this on your RSS feed reader, please take a moment to pop on over to my real blog, so you can see what I'm talking about.
(I will wait.)
You know how I said that I've been a terrible emailer this last month? Well. That's not quite true. There's one person with whom I've exchanged a LOT of emails. Manning Leonard Krull, my website designer!
I met Manning through Josh Berk, a fellow 2010 debut author (and an awesome, hilarious, and very generous guy to boot). I'd been searching for a designer for months, but the moment I saw Manning's website, I KNEW. I mean, look at his homepage, you guys. How could I not want to work with him?
Not only was I ex-treeemly impressed by his portfolio, but . . . he likes monsters! Halloween! Dinosaurs and skeletons and cemeteries! And yet, his website is HOT PINK. I knew he was someone who would understand the kind of site I wanted — girly meets Edward Gorey.
(Not an easy task.)
I am so, so happy with what he created. A beautiful website that's also practical, that I can fiddle and tweak with to my heart's content. I'm excited to add even more pages soon, most notably to my On Writing section, and I have tons of cool things planned for next year, when it's closer to Anna's publication date.
And aren't Manning's illustrations amazing? This telephone! I LOVE this telephone.
And I love the details on my masthead, things taken from my real writing desk — the books and teacup and scraps of paper, of course, but also my beloved Pilot G2 pens and my mushroom (which is actually a rubber stamp that reads Bonjour!). And the typewriter is modeled after the one I inherited from my grandmother.
Of course . . . there's one more Very Important Thing you should know about Manning: He's an American living in Paris.
As in, that city I set Anna and the Boy Masterpiece in. You know, that novel I spent ALL OF SEPTEMBER revising?
So not only did Manning build me a perfect website, but he also answered an obscene number of questions about France AND in extremely helpful and thorough detail! I'm still in a weird shock by the timing of it all.
The universe is funny like that, no?
Thank you, Manning. Thank you for being so kind and generous with your time, thank you for being so much fun to work with, and thank you for my BEAUTIFUL NEW WEBSITE!