Stranger or Friend — Cover and Peaking Nerves

Stranger or Friend-3COVER

Preparing a novel for publication is fun, exciting, and positively nerve-racking.  Even though I’ve had short stories published, nothing compares with the release of a novel.

This speaks not only to the process itself — working with a copy editor, cover artist, editor-in-chief, but the idea that my book will soon be out there in the world … an event at once amazing and a bit scary. This is what I’ve always wanted, sure, but now that we’re here … or almost here … I need to sit down for a moment.

This is the book cover, and I am happy to announce the tentative release date of March 22, 2015.

Here is a behind-the-process snippet — what led to the writing of this mystery novel.


Inspiration, at times elusive, rushes at us like a storm of images when a story can not be left untold.  And so it happened in the writing of this mystery novel — the culmination of two lives at a confluence of cultures: an Eastern European immigrant — yours truly — married to a California native of Hispanic descent.  The result is a fictionalized story, an observation, of many lives across such cultural spectrum, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the wilderness of Wyoming. 


Is there something in your life you must absolutely write sing or paint about?


31 responses to “Stranger or Friend — Cover and Peaking Nerves

  1. Congratulations!

  2. WAY TO GOOOO Silvia!! You are such a wonderful inspiration. Now, if only you would share your imagination with me. Can you do a Vulcan Download??? ;-)

  3. I’m so happy for you. I will beat you with a release on March 2, but this is your FIRST, so it is special. I’d be happy to post a review on my blog, advertise for you – just let me know what you need!

  4. Congrats!!!

  5. Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Congrats. I can’t wait to read your book.

  7. Congratulations! I like your cover. All the best, Sylvia.

  8. Outstanding!! Another great read coming my way soon!! I’m so happy for you, leaping all those hurdles and striding into the home stretch!!

    Your cover is stunning- the light captured just perfectly.

  9. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it! It’s funny sometimes how something we want so much is a little discombobulating when it actually happens. Best wishes as you take a breath! Enjoy the month, even though I’m sure it will go fast. :-)

    • Thanks so much, Deborah. It is funny, isn’t it, how that works? We’re dying to accomplish something, than we’re scared by it. The book will be out next month. Time is already flying by. :)

      • I’m really looking forward to it. But yes, I have something I’m working on right now, and I find myself holding back a little. Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m afraid of it working or not working. :-)

  10. Wow! I can’t wait! I can imagine your excitement with a bit of trepidation thrown in! The cover is wonderful! Will it be available on Kindle?

  11. And neither will your story be left unheard.
    Good luck dear friend :)

  12. Congratulations!! How exciting and it is natural to have all those ‘butterflies’ in your stomach but going for your dream is worth the tummy upset :)

  13. Wonderul cover Silvia! A book! I am so excited for you. I’ve been away from blogging for a long time and this is wonderful news. Best wishes!

  14. 1 month from today. You must be getting excited! Can’t wait until the release. Best of luck with it Silvia. It’s sounds great!

  15. The cover is inspiring. I can’t wait to see it on my shelf. :-)

  16. Wonderful blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any recommendations? Many thanks!

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