What is so amazing for me is that I saw the novel in its babyhood. I got to watch it grow and stretch and become something alive and rich.
And now I get to celebrate with Gina.
I thanked her profusely for the cupcakes, and I told her, as I truly believe: structure can be taught. All the nuts and bolts of writing can be passed on like an heirloom. But Talent--well, it cannot. Teachers, mentors, brilliant agents and editors guide you in the right direction to shore, offer life boats or new ways of swimming, cheer you on and make you better than you could ever imagine, but in the end, you have to do the strokes.
I'm just thrilled for Gina. She had the goods all along.
And now I have the baked goods and they are most delicious.