Thanks to everyone who came out to my reading of Plastic at the Halifax Public Library Central Branch on Monday, October 2. It was great to see so many family members, some friends from high school and even my grade 6 teacher, Ms. Ternan!
I feel so grateful to have another dream come true. Next, I'm back in Victoria as the featured reader at the CAA-Victoria Speak Easy event. I look forward to seeing you there!
In classic Atlantic Canadian style, the FogLit Festival was a party! Free food and drink for the attendees, lots of laughs and such great company. I read at the Novel Tea event in the Stone Church on Friday, September 29, with Bridget Canning, Jan Wong and Grace O'Connell. What an honour! Jan read from her book Apron Strings about her travels with her son through France, Italy and China to learn about the cuisine and culture of each nation. Bridget read from her debut novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, about an accidental heroine in St. John's, and Grace read from her second novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, which takes a frightening situation, the hijacking of a bus, to show that even in extreme circumstances we can still offer compassion.
On Saturday, I presented a workshop on writing short fiction. Thanks to the participants for showing up ready and eager to put into practice some of the tips I shared about the craft of writing a short story. I was impressed by the diversity of the participants, both in terms of demographics (from a tween to retirees) and writing styles (horror, literary fiction as well as elaborate shopping lists!).
I want to send a huge thank you to Andrea, Laura, Carole, John, Kathryn and the countless others who worked so hard to make the festival a success. I cannot praise them enough for their dedication and kindness. Saint John residents are so lucky to have a festival like FogLit, and I encourage writers from across the region to check it out next year.
I'm sharing a few photos of the city to whet the appetite. First, a view of a cruise ship sailing out of the harbour. Then, the Saint John Free Public Library, where the workshop was held. The title screen from my deck for the workshop and a picture of the reversing rapids just outside the city.
Thanks to everyone who came to the author meet and greet at Perfect Books in Ottawa on September 23. It was wonderful to catch up with old friends and meet book lovers in the area.
A special thank you goes to Chris and Anastasia, who made me feel so welcome and comfortable. I hope to return to the shop during my visit to buy another book or two.
Next stop on the tour is the FogLit Festival in Saint John! I'm looking forward to attending the Words and Wine event on Thursday evening to hear fellow Porcupine's Quill author Barbara Sibbald read from her book, The Museum of Possibilities. I will be reading from Plastic on Friday, September 29, at the Novel Tea event with fellow writers Jan Wong, Bridget Canning and Grace O'Connell. If you're in town, come see us at the Stone Church.
My short fiction workshop will now be held on Saturday morning from 9:15 to 11:15 at the Saint John Free Public Library. Check out the full schedule on the FogLit site.
I hope to see you there!
Mark your calendars!
I will be the featured reader at the Canadian Authors Association- Victoria Speak Easy on Tuesday, October 17. Please come out to the Good Earth Coffeehouse at the corner of Foul Bay and Oak Bay to hear the winners from our prose flash non-fiction contest followed by yours truly.
If you write prose, consider signing up for the open mic portion of the evening. Sign up begins at 6:45 pm. Readers have up to five minutes to read from their fiction or non-fiction, starting at 7 pm. We'll take a short break and then start with the contest winners at 8 pm.
This will be my last stop on the fall reading tour, and it will be great to read for friends and fans back at home. I look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me a note or email with praise for Plastic. I'm thrilled to hear which stories resonate most with each reader. It's also lovely to hear compliments about the book, of course.
Last month, my publisher forwarded an email he had received from a reader. She wrote that Plastic "is written with such precision and grace and is sympathetic to its characters without ever sinking into hysteria or getting maudlin. A great story on a timely subject. A great book for book clubs."
This message delighted me for two full days. Someone who doesn't know me picked up my book and enjoyed it so much she felt compelled to write the publisher. Every writer dreams of making this kind of impact on her audience.
So the next question for me was how do I get the book into the hands of more readers and on book club lists, as suggested in the email?
Well, dear friends and readers, one way is for you to share your thoughts by writing reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or other social media sites. Two people have already added reviews on Amazon. Thanks so much, Liz and Michelle!
If you read the book and enjoyed it, please consider posting your feedback to spread the word.
I am working on a press release to promote my upcoming book tour as well. Fingers crossed, an interview or two will follow.
Thanks so much for your help and support!
A writer's journey