Monthly Archives: January 2014

I’ve Written a Children’s Book!

January 11, 2014

Next to hit your bookstores and hopefully your bookshelves is the children’s book that’s been ten years in the making.  I’m not exaggerating. I’m not using my Russian hyperbole to make a point. I mean, these one hundred and fifty words you will read about a mommy and her baby have taken over ten years to reach you. I wrote them when my fourth baby was 18 months old.  She recently celebrated her twelfth birthday. In the intervening decade, I have written nearly a million and a half adult words. So now we know.Children’s books are much harder to write! The book is called I Love My Baby Because. I hope all the mommies out there love it, and their babies too. You can preorder it here and here for the US and UK, and it is out on July 31st, 2014.

Next Up: Lone Star

January 10, 2014

I wanted to tell you all about the next novel I’m writing, a book I’m very excited about, called Lone Star. When I was a young girl growing up in Russia, I saw a movie called “Ballad of a Soldier.” I remember very little about it, except there was a girl, and a boy who was going to the front. They were on a train together. Then he hopped off.  He sang for her and played his guitar. She loved him. Lone Star is the Paullina version of that general theme, except in book form and with all the things I love in it, and I fervently hope the things many of you will love in it. Hint hint, wink wink.  I say no more.  I’ve said too much.

Happy birthday to me!

January 6, 2014

November 6. Celebrating my 20th birthday today. Please no Scorpio jokes, I’ve heard them all, lol. I will entertain some jokes about the October Revolution though, falling on November 7 and my father threatening my young mother with divorce if she gave birth to his first child on the anniversary of that fateful day. She assumed he was joking, yet took no chances. Hence 10:55 am on Nov 6, I came into the world.  I turned up this horoscope earlier, which is so funny for how wrong about me it is:

Being a Scorpio born on November 6th, you are characterized by a shy and artistic demeanor.  You are naturally sensitive and have grown to value artistic expression. You may enjoy music, art or writing, although you rarely expose these talents. You work hard to accomplish your goals, showing great determination in your efforts, but this also may be less-evident to others, as you rather complete your work out of the limelight. You use your reserve to distance yourself from others, which explains why your family and friends are still surprised to learn new things about you.