Here’s the link to a really good feature article about The Lake of Dreams that was published recently in the New Zealand Herald. It uses a terrific word I’d never heard before: collywobbles.
Since I love words, I have an OED, and I looked this one up. It has an interesting history, but essentially it means something like “butterflies in the stomach,” which I did not have, at least not extensively, while writing The Lake of Dreams. Happily, I was already immersed in The Lake of Dreams by the time The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was published, so there wasn’t any question of where I’d go when the excitement over my first novel settled down–I was already there.