Archive for September, 2008

An open letter to those who want to know why I chose to lowercase the “u” in Uncle Morris in The Ten Best Days of my Life
September 4, 2008

Dear Readers,


I want to thank everyone who sent me such kind letters about my book. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me.  A lot of you wrote me to say that you picked it up thinking it would be an easy frivolous book to read on the beach, but instead found it to be much deeper and thought about it for days after.  So many of you wrote to say that you read the book in a day or two days.  A lot of you wrote me with your own best days.  Reading some of your days made me cry.   

One of the most popular questions that people have asked me however was this: 

Why did I choose to lowercase the “u” in the character’s name ‘Uncle Morris’ throughout the entire book? 

The answer is:  I didn’t do it.

Unfortunately, this was a glitch in the publishing that I had nothing to do with.

Happily, THE TEN BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE has sold out of its first printing, lowercase “u” and all, and the changes will be fixed in the new edition. 

Now I don’t know if this has anything to do with anything.  You might say I’m looking for things. Whether it’s a sign or just a glitch, I’d like to think it’s a sign because it makes me feel good.  I watch John Edwards: Crossing Over on Oxygen when it’s on. He says that if you think something is a sign from those who have passed on, then it probably is.

I only have one character in the book that was a real person: my Uncle Morris Salis.  My uncle was just as he is described in the book.  He was my Santa Claus, never without a gift in his hand when he saw me.  Like his character, Uncle Morris never married because he felt he had to take care of his sisters and his mother after my great-grandfather passed away. He also became a third grandparent for my brothers, cousins and me. Because Uncle Morris died without having children, I thought he deserved the legacy of being in THE TEN BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE with his real name and real characteristics.  My uncle was a jovial man who loved to play jokes and make others laugh. 

I could be pissed off that this lowercase “u” debacle happened at all. I choose not to for this reason:  If my Uncle Morris’ spirit got into the walls of Plume (the publishing house which publishes Ten Best Days) and switched that lowercase “u” so people would notice his name more in the book- I wouldn’t put it past him. 

Therefore, should the second edition arrive in stores and still have that lowercase “u” in my Uncle’s name, please don’t blame me.  Please don’t blame Plume. 

Blame Uncle Morris.


With love and dear thanks,