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Friday, October 29, 2010

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Nancy Werlin (Author of Extraordinary)

I would like to thank Nancy Werlin for stopping by my blog today to share with readers a quote that has influenced her life and writing.

Nancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale.Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction. She is a National Book Award finalist.

A Quote to Live and Write By

Thanks to Fantastic Book Review for hosting me here today. I'm going to answer Fantastic's question: Share with readers a quote that you live your life by and how your writing has benefited from it. This particular quote is new to me but it resonated so much that I have to talk about it.

"When one door closes, another opens, but it's hell in the hallway."

I have no idea who said this first; I heard it from a friend, and the Internet (or my research skills) failed me when I looked for a source. Obviously it's a riff on "When one door closes, another opens." I think it's hilarious and I think it's true.

So for whatever reason, your Plan A failed. Even if you will eventually figure out Plan B (or C, or D, or ...), it's human to feel some despair. Or to feel something worse, maybe much worse, depending on the situation.

Frankly, I have never thought that "When one door closes, another opens" is particularly comforting. It sounds to me like: "Get over it! Move on!" Which is kind of heartless advice. It also doesn't allow you any time at all to wallow in your misery or fear or rage or whatever it is you feel about the loss of Plan A.

I like to wallow. Although if we go with the metaphor of the quote, I'm now saying that I like to wallow in hell. Oh well. Sometimes that's just what you have to do. Throw a tantrum in the hallway.

And this absolutely does have to do with writing, because when you're writing something, you can be absolutely guaranteed that your first plan isn't going to work out. You're going to have go looking for those other doors when your first one slams shut in your face. And it's going to be painful. So, getting the acknowledgment that "it's hell in the hallway" helps you know that what you're feeling -- misery, rage, fear, whatever it is -- is normal and right, even though it hurts, and that is what is, finally, going to give you the strength to go on.

It works for life, too.

Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new girl at school. Soon the two become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, appears. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe — but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.

Soon she’ll discover the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt they expect Phoebe to pay. Will she be strong enough to resist? Will she be special enough to save herself?

Intensely page-turning, this follow-up to Nancy Werlin’s acclaimed novel Impossible links the real and the otherworldly in a story that is suspenseful, conversation-starting, and utterly alluring.

For more information about Nancy Werlin and her books, please visit her website here.

Check out the book trailer!


  1. Hi :)
    Thank you for having Nancy Werlin guest post here & thank you to Nancy for sharing. I really liked that adage (1st time I've heard that one).
    Extraordinary is very intriguing and the trailer was excellent.
    Extraordinary's on my ToBeRead list now.
    All the best,

  2. Fantastic quote! Also one I think we all experience from time to time.

  3. Thanks for the great advice. I'm anspiring children's writer and it can get discouraging.

  4. This is now on my wishlist. :) Love the trailer!

  5. Thanks for the guest post Nancy :)
    I've had Extraordinary on my TBR list for a while now, and I'm definitely excited to read it. It sounds like a fantastic story, and I love the cover, it's so gorgeous :D
    I also have to agree about the when 'one door opens, another closes thing.' It isn't very comforting at all. I prefer try, try, try again :P lol
    Thanks for sharing :D

    ♪♫ Ambur

  6. Thanks for the interview and I love the quote :)

  7. I'm very interested in reading this book, it sounds like a good one.

  8. Loved the quote and now that I think about it - makes a lot of sense!! I've been hearing great things about this book, and it's going on my to buy list.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  9. Wow Extraordinary sounds like a really good book! It's totally on my TBR list =)

  10. This was a great post and inspiring for writers out there trying to make their dreams come true!

  11. That is my new quote! I love it and I love the way you write! Thanks for having this guest post!

    apereiraorama @

  12. Thanks for the guest post! I am so looking forward to this book!

  13. I enjoyed Impossible lots, and am looking forward to this one!

  14. "Throw a tantrum in the hallway." I agree! Get it out and over with and move on. Great post!

  15. Great interview I really enjoyed it alot Thank you!

  16. I can not wait to get my hands on this book I have a feeling that once I get it I will not put it down

  17. I never heard that ending. It sounds very true though. I would be stomping my feet out in the hallway with the best of them.

  18. This post really makes me want to read the book. I'm going to have to check it out.
    Thanks for the post

  19. I love the quote and it is so very true!

  20. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Great post, and that quote was awesome. I totally see the connection to writing and pretty much anything you do in life.

  22. The cover is great. After your post, I would really like to read this book.


  23. I'm lovin' that quote! So true.

  24. Like everyone else is saying, the quote is fantastic. I've been meaning to pick this book up for a while. After reading this I'm moving it to the top of my list of books to get.


  25. I've always dislikedthat quote UNTIL she added that last part. To me that makes the quote realistic!


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