My Five Minutes of Fame 😎

Inspired by @ListPrompts
  1. I write novels.
  2. I'm stretching those five minutes out into 30 seconds every four or five years.
  3. Highlights:
  4. I was on the Today Show in 2003. Anna Quindlen chose my first novel, The Dogs of Babel, for the short-lived Today Show Book Club. Katie Couric interviewed us both, and the publisher got to put a little gold sticker on all future printings of the book.
  5. Someone almost adapted The Dogs of Babel into an opera, but didn't.
  6. Someone almost adapted The Dogs of Babel into a movie, but didn't. (This is still going on. At least three different directors have been attached. Steve Carell was on board at one point to play the lead...but isn't anymore. Jason Segel was briefly interested, and I got to talk to him on the phone. A movie still *could* happen. I'm not optimistic.)
  7. My son was extremely impressed when he was about 9 to learn that I have a Wikipedia page (and that I didn't make it myself).
  8. I have been recognized from my appearance on the Today Show exactly once: by my OB-GYN, on my first visit. I'm not even kidding.
  9. Two NYT best sellers, one NYT Notable Book. One total flop (which may, sadly, have been my best book so far).
  10. There's an episode of "Supernatural" where they mention a book about a guy who tries to teach his dog to talk, and it's a little oblique, BUT I TOTALLY SWEAR THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MY BOOK.
  11. I got to write a children's book about an adorable game my kids used to play together, and it was illustrated by the amazing Dan Yaccarino, and it's one of my favorite things I've ever done.
  12. I once totally randomly met a woman in a bar/restaurant who had a line from The Dogs of Babel tattooed across her back. ❤️❤️❤️
  13. I get occasional fan letters, like maybe one every two months at this point. I also get (much less frequently) nit-picking emails and (much, much less frequently) hate mail. One woman told me she hated my book so much she burned it. 🔥😧
  14. I get to say, always and forever, that I am doing the thing I always wanted to do. I am making a living at it (sometimes a better living than others), and that is better than any of the trappings of "fame." 💋