Monday, October 02, 2006

Nadine Dajani

I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Canadian, Nadine Dajani, this summer in Atlanta after corresponding with her a few times and discovering a strange connection... Not only are we both accountants turned fiction writers, we have a connection through the Cayman bank she works (worked now, I think). No, I'm not filthy rich and I've never laundered money through the Caymans. The connection is through a past job of mine. My former employer is a (very ligitimate and totally above board) client of said Cayman bank.

Nadine's first book FASHIONABLY LATE is coming out in June 2007 from Forge books. I, for one, can't wait to read it. It's set partially in Montreal and partially in Cuba and the heroine is a Lebanese Canadian. What could be more interesting than that? Those critics who say chick lit is all about rich white American women should do a little research!

Anyway, perhaps I should get around to the point of this post?

Nadine just launched her website and is running a great contest all week via her blog to celebrate. Check it out!

4 comments:

Eileen said...

Her history is fasinating. I'm adding this one to my read list. I am coming to believe you are the master networker.

Maureen McGowan said...

Re master networker. I wish.

I'm no master networker, I just play one on my blog (and at conferences when I can muster the courage).

Seriously though... I'm just amazed at what a truly small world publishing is. How once you know a few people, how quickly that can turn into a lot of people... I think in this past year, I went from knowing about 2 writers, well enough to say hi, (outside of my local chapter) to at least 30 or 40 now.

I was a bit of a conference slut this year. (Okay, a big one) and knowing Diana Peterfreund helped too... She knows a lot of people and since her big sale, lots of people want to know her. (I'm proud to say I knew her before she sold.)

Nadine Dajani said...

Thanks Maureen!!!

As a fellow accountant you will appreciate that my promo blitz week falls on TRADING DAY!!!! AARRGGHH!!! We we trading well into yesterday, and again today. I am so stressed... but reading your lovely post makes me feel better!!!

I really want to give you a prize so give today's questions another shot... I've got THREE prizes to give away today.

Good luck!

Nadine Dajani said...

Eileen - just read your comment! Ha! Thank you! There were various points during my childhood when I wished my life was a little less colorful, but I'm pretty grateful now. Experiencing life from both sides of the planet really gives you perspective...

...and Maureen is a master networker because she's so NICE. I strive for that kind of niceness.

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