Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Go Wolf Pack sistah!

Today, I’m bursting with pride.

That’s unfortunate, since I just mopped the floor.

Nevertheless, I’m thrilled to gush about the fact that one of my agency sistahs has a book hitting shelves today. PARANORMALCY is the debut novel from Kiersten White, and if you believe our agent, the reviewers, and pretty much everyone who’s read this book, it is the best thing since shirtless construction workers.

What I love about being represented by Wolfson Literary is the fact that many of Michelle’s clients have formed a sort of kinship. We call ourselves The Wolf Pack, and may or may not be working on a secret handshake.

I feel an added kinship with Kiersten, since I was peeing the first time we spoke.

What? She called me for a reference when she was thinking of signing with Michelle in November 2008, and though I was thrilled to talk with her, I really, really had to go.

I don’t feel so bad, since Kiersten’s son was wailing in the background while we talked. OK, fine – the fussing of an innocent toddler and the piddling of a rude adult are not the same thing. I was quiet, OK? She probably never even knew.

Where were we?

Right. Go buy PARANORMALCY. Support my amazing agency sistah.

Oh, and please tell me I’m not the only one who visits the restroom while talking on the phone. Please?


Janet said...

Does your phone have a mute button? Because you are not the only one and the mute button lets you continue to listen without worrying about the sounds filtering through the phone lines! Just make sure you've given your phone buddy a big discussion topic so you don't have to keep pushing the unmute button to respond!

Congrats to Kiersten - there's a lot of buzz going around for her book, I'm sure it will be a smashing success :)

Alexa O said...

Lies, Lies!

We *know* you didn't just mop the floor.

On the other hand, I'm sure Kiersten's book is fab, because her blog is great. Also, I'm a sucker for a good YA. Especially one with supernatural whatevers.

I always know I really love someone when I pee while talking to them (either on the phone or in person). I love them enough to not hang up while I do it. So, really, it's a compliment.

Patrick Alan said...

I once had a puppy who would pee every time she got excited to see someone. She grew out of it.

I hope you eventually do, too. I just wonder what it's like when Pythag get home.

Linda G. said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! :)

Tawna, you've left me with a burning question. Were you peeing when I called you, too?

Wait--no, don't answer that! I might never get the image out of my brain.

(Actually, I figure God wouldn't have invented cordless phones if He didn't expect us to use them in emergency situations.)

Christine Fonseca said...

Going to Kiersten's launch tonight! So darn happy for her. The book is AMAZING.

Jessica Lemmon said...

Congratulations, Kiersten! :)

I love the Wolf Pack camaraderie (I just had to Google how to spell that), and now that I mention it, I also love the honesty of what we all can report here from the safety of your blog comments.

I'm with Linda about the cordless phones. ;)

Trisha Leigh said...

So excited for Keirsten, I've heard nothing but fabulous things about PARANORMALCY and can't wait to get my hands on it.

Tawna - I agree with Janet. The mute button has been my bathroom buddy for a while, but you do have to get the other person going before you use it.

Patty Blount said...

So excited! I preordered Paranormalcy weeks ago and it just arrived but I must work today. Darn.

Love the Wolk Pack! And I think it's way cool that you support your agency sista like this.

As for peeing while on the phone... *whistles, adjusts halo* Well, I NEVER!

Melissa Gill said...

I've been dying to read this book. And just so you know, I usually pee several times during a long conversation. I know everyone is anxious to model their behavior after me, so...

Instead of a secret handshake, maybe the wolfpack should do something wolfish like..., no never mind, that would be totaly embarrassing in public. Just ignore me.

Geoffrey Cubbage said...

Video phones will never catch on. Never, ever, ever. Never.

Tom M Franklin said...

you and your kindred must visit an online store for various North Carolina State items: they call themselves the Wolfpack and there's a seemingly endless supply of clothing, posters, etc.

(you have to like red and white, however)

-- Tom

Danica Avet said...


Um...okay. I've seen this book promoted a lot and it's in my TBR stack (along with about a million others). So this is the Wolf Pack I've been seeing on Twitter, eh? I suppose if I ever get a group we'll have to be the Chorus Line or something considering we sing to each other (rock, rap...musicals).

I try not to pee when I'm on the phone, but you're right: sometimes you just have to go. And when I do, I try to be vewy, vewy quiet. Of course, I haven't tried anything like that since I got the newest feline addition to the family. She'd probably give me away by purring and meowing for me to pet her (because on the toilet, you're a captive audience).

Kiersten White said...

Tawna, I've never felt closer to you than I do right now. Maybe that's because I'm peeing as I type this. Which is REALLY awkward, since I'm using a desktop.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

That is so awesome. I love this side of you. I feel like we are kindred spirits.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Just think, if we could bring ourselves to wear Depends, we could be peeing anytime. Okay, that just took a gross turn that I shouldn't have made. :) Sorry, I wander off the path of normalcy occasionally.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Steph Schmidt said...

I've been bouncing off the ways WAITING for "work" part of the day to end so I can possibly con my roomie into driving me to the bookstore.

I think I'm the only person who tells the person I need to call them back, hang up and bolt for the bathroom. I can't even handle talking to someone over the stall door in public, forget the phone in my own bathroom.

Jason said...

First off, congrats to Kiersten!

Secondly, is this a female thing? I don't think guys could do this. For one, it's louder. Seriously. I can honestly say I've never done this.

Any guys that have?

Susan S said...

You're not alone.

My only real issue is people who do this in public bathrooms...for major business calls. That strikes me as a little odd. I used to work with someone who ALWAYS took his cell phone to the men's room and answered if it rang while he was in there. the other guys in the office hated it so much that they made a practice of running up and down the stalls flushing EVERY toilet and urinal at the same time to ensure that whoever the guy was talking to would know what was going on.

And yes, I learned about this because a friend and I were walking by the men's room one afternoon when we heard a flushing the likes of which had never been experienced in recorded history, and ten seconds later a pair of guys rushed out of the men's room, cackling like crazy - and of course we had to know what was going on.

PS: the victim of this prank not only deserved it, but had it done to him at least a dozen times and never learned.

~Mr. Bijoy said...

I think everyone has peed (sp?) while on the phone at least once. And yeah, I'm a guy and it's not louder or softer. Pretty much the same. Also, congrats to Kiersten!

Jason said...

Then I stand corrected...though I have still never done it.

I think I'd hang up if I heard the person on the other end of the phone was in the bathroom.

Jemi Fraser said...

Huge congrats to your wolf sistah! :)

MissHannahGrace said...

I LOVE this book! I got an ARC from the bookstore I work in, and as soon as it hits our shelves, I'm writing a rec for it!


Janet, we recently ditched our landline (which did have a mute button) and now I only have an iPhone. I'm actually not sure if it has a mute button. Will have to check!

Alexa, you are correct -- I was lying. No way in hell I just mopped the floor! :)

Patrick, we actually DO have a dog that pees whenever Pythag comes home. She doesn't do it for me, just him. Not sure how to take that.

Linda G, nope, I was not peeing either time we've spoken on the phone. Does that make you feel more or less special?

Christine, you lucky dog! Give Kiersten a big hug for me!

Jessica, the camaraderie is fabulous. Not sure if that's unique to smaller, boutique agencies, or just to this one, but it's great!

Trisha, I'm going to have to hunt for a mute button on the iPhone now!

Patty, I originally ordered PARANORMALCY months ago, but when my parents ordered me a Kindle for my birthday, I decided I wanted PARANORMALCY to be my first Kindle book. I'm now waiting for that to show up.

Melissa, I've been chasing my tail all day, but still can't catch it!

Geoffrey, good point about the video phones. Every now and then I feel a bolt of panic thinking, "can she see me?"

Tom, I'll have to check that out, thanks!

Danica, cats are great at getting you in trouble, aren't they?

Kiersten, I will never, ever get that image out of my brain. Thank you.

Carolina, I love how people thank me for being disgusting. Makes me feel appreciated!

Lisa, great idea! I could pee during romantic dates, or while writing my manuscript or...

SM Schmidt, you are a better person than I am :)

Jason, I will have to ask my husband about this when I get home. You're right though, I would think guys might be louder.

Susan, that story is HYSTERICAL! You're right -- it does sound like the guy deserved it!

Mr. Bijoy, thank you for clearing that up for us! Now can you explain why my husband can't remember to put the seat down?

Jason, LOL, you just made a funny. You know, standing corrected and boys stand up to pee and...oh, never mind.

Jemi, I'm definitely very happy for her. She deserves it!

MissHannahGrace, I'm so glad to hear you loved it. I'm looking forward to reading it myself.

Thanks for reading, guys!

Claire Dawn said...

Bought. Read. Amazed.

Marying Lend.

That is all.

Unknown said...

Too funny. I just read this post while sitting on the can. Yes, I take my laptop into the loo if I know I'm going to be in there for a while.