From the initial launch of Seize a Daisy, the 2016 edition, I have acknowledged on the About page — along with a few references in posts — that I previously owned/operated another blog, The Divining Wand. Beginning in mid-June 2009 through the end of August 2012, I personally selected, then inttroduced debut auhors and their books.
Book blog tours didn’t exist back then and I created a site that was unique in presenting high-quality reviews, personal profiles, and backstories on the book and its author. “I knew you when” was my most frequent comment to so many first-time novelists, they were that good to continue on and be popularly and professionally recognized in their chosen career.
And, as proof, the authors launched on The Divining Wand — and currently either on bestseller lists or being acclaimed — are Caroline Leavitt (Cruel Beautiful World), Melanie Benjamin (The Swans of Fifth Avenue), Catherine McKenzie (Fractured) (The Murder Game), Peter Golden (Wherever There Is Light), Eileen Cook (With Malice), Camile Noe Pagan (Life and Other Near-Death Experiences) with a new novel being published this February, and Therese Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitsgerald. Actress Christina Ricci will play the young and impetuous Zelda in the 2017 Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything. The title of the TV series comes from F Scott Fitzgerald’s awestruck comment on meeting Zelda: “I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”
A most impressive list and, in all modesty, I DID know them (still do) and SO many others back when. What about you? Have you read these authors? Do you know how your favorite authors got their start? Have you followed their careers?
Since the new direction of Seize a Daisy is designed to share overlooked novels, previously and newly released paperbacks, discounted e-books, and “must reads,” I’ll be returning to mid-June 2009 and reintroducing my debut authors. Where they were then and where they are now.
In other words, this “rewind” will open a literary treasure chest. And it’s also possible a 2016/2017 debut author may appear on this site as well.