Rebecca Schinsky is a much-loved book blogger known for her sharp-witted, point-on commentary about books and just about anything in life that piques her interest . . . including super-scary shopping to Babies R Us.  I met Rebecca, aka That Book Lady’s Blog, at the first Blogger’s Convention in NYC when I offered to run and pick up a cappuccino for the caffeine-depleted young woman.  (I understood that pain all too well.)

Now when someone asks me, “What is one of the best things to come out of being published?”, I have to say it is the privilege of calling people like Rebecca my friend.

Meeting people in person whom you’ve only known online is a lot like going on a blind date. You hope they’ll be as charming as their tweets and as clever as their blog posts and that they’ll think the same of you. When the person you’re meeting is an author whose work you’ve enjoyed, the anticipation is even more complicated. You love the work and want the person to live up to what you’ve imagined. When I first met Susan a couple years ago, I knew instantly that I didn’t need to worry. Susan IS the southern sweetness of her novels, and like her characters, she is willing to go beyond the idealized imagery of front porches and rocking chairs to explore the truth of southern experience, even when it’s not so pretty.

I’m thrilled to call Susan a friend and to be here celebrating the paperback release of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Susan’s inclusion on Target’s Emerging Author list for summer. It’s been a real pleasure to watch Susan’s writing develop from Dairy Queen to Bezellia and into the novel she’s working on now (yes, I’ve read the manuscript, and she is really going somewhere new), but the real joy has been in forming an in-real-life friendship that not only met but exceeded all of my expectations. Happy Paperback Birthday, Bezellia Grove, and here’s to many more years of bookish joy, late-night French fry runs, and mid-afternoon margaritas with one of my favorite friends in the industry.”

Posted August 5, 2011 at 6:25 am · 2 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. bermudaonion (Kathy), August 5th, 2011, 6:43 am

    Rebecca's read the manuscript? Does this mean the new book is finished?
  2. Eleanor Brown, August 5th, 2011, 6:45 am

    Rebecca is absolutely lovely, as are you! Congratulations on all the good news - looking forward to number three!

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