Archive for the ‘A Certain Slant of Light’ Category

Movie news!

July 17, 2011

I’m thrilled to announce that Summit (the producers of the Twilight movies) is optioning A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT and the script that Kristin Hahn wrote for it. It’s so exciting. I’ll keep you updated!


News Flashes!

December 2, 2010

The German Book Awards — SILBERLICHT (the German translation of A  CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT) is on the shortlist for the German Book Awards. If you’d like to vote, go to:

and thank you for your support!

Give-Aways — The winner of the November Give-Away was Misha of Uttar Pradesh, India. I’ll send out that copy of YOUR FIRST NOVEL next week. The December Give-Away will be a signed copy of NOVEL SHORTCUTS, my second writing book. If you’d like to enter, send me your name and physical address using the “Email Laura Whitcomb” link on my website at: and let me know if you do NOT want to be on my snailmail list for periodic goodies like bookmarks and postcards.

Writing Tips — Congratulations to everyone who participated in Nanowrimo (the National Novel Writing Month) — I hope you all got even more words under your belts than you expected. And I hope you loved what you wrote. Starting in the February issue of the Willamette Writers Newsletter, I’ll have a monthly column. To join WW and get the newsletter, visit their site at: Also in 2011 I will post writing tip blogs twice a month. Look for them around the 7th and 23rd of every month.

SLANT goes Kindle

June 4, 2010

A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT is now available on Kindle.

I don’t have a Kindle myself (it’s too sad to think of giving up the feel of a real book in my hands) but maybe someday. My sis thinks it would be great for traveling and research materials. True! To purchase SLANT on Kindle follow the links here (to the right) to SLANT and then Amazon.

A work in progress

July 12, 2009

Well, it’s not even mid-July and I’m almost a quarter of the way into writing the first draft of UNDER THE LIGHT, the twin to A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT. I love playing in Jenny’s head, experiencing where she went when she was out of her body, and seeing Billy through her eyes.

I dreamed, the other night, that Filmcolony (the producers who currently hold the option) were making the movie of SLANT. It was fascinating to see the scenes in which Helen shadowed her first hosts, the one where Helen and James wrote notes to each other in class, the one where they first kissed. I love dreams like that — they make me feel wonderful all day.

May your week be blessed, and in case you’re not familiar with them, I’m including (below) the two Emily Dickinson poems from which the titles of ACSOL and UTL were taken. (I like to pretend these two pieces were especially written for Helen and Jenny.)


There’s a certain slant of light,

Winter afternoons–

That oppresses, like the heft

Of cathedral tunes–

Heavenly hurt, it gives us–

We can find no scar,

But internal difference,

Where the meanings are–

None may teach it–Any–

‘Tis the Seal Despair–

An imperial affliction

Sent us of the air–

When it comes, the landscape listens–

Shadows–hold their breath–

When it goes–’tis like the distance

On the look of Death–


Under the Light, yet under,

Under the Grass and the Dirt,

Under the Beetle’s Cellar

Under the Clover’s Root,

Further than Arm could stretch

Were it Giant long,

Further than Sunshine could

Were the Day Year long,

Over the Light, yet over,

Over the Arc of the Bird —

Over the Comet’s chimney —

Over the Cubit’s Head,

Further than Guess can gallop

Further than Riddle ride —

Oh for a Disc to the Distance

Between Ourselves and the Dead!

My first blog post

June 26, 2009
Me and my dog

Me and my dog

This is my very first blog entry. I meant to start one months ago, but now I have news worthy of a premiere. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just bought the sequel to my first novel, A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT. Well, it’s kind of a sequel and kind of a prequel, so, a sprequel? It will be called UNDER THE LIGHT and will be about Jenny and Billy, why they left their bodies, where their spirits went during the story of Helen and James, what it was like coming back into their bodies and not remembering what they had said or done for those missing weeks, and what it’s like figuring out that other people lived their lives for them. Not to give away too much, but it’s a love story. I’ve only written the first chapter so far. I’ll keep you informed.

I’ll also try to keep my website updated (thank you website genius Brian Batson.) Please email me through my website whenever you wish. I try to answer all fan emails within the first 24 hours. If you don’t get an answer, try again. Once in a while my Spam program gets a bit too big for its britches. And sometimes my email is just a little haunted. (I know, it sounds like a joke, but it’s not.) In future weeks, I hope to write about: Supernatural Tea Parties, my dog (can’t help it), writing insights, travel, books that inspire me, and the like.

Until next time, be well, my friends.