Dollybird (Coteau Books) arrived last week and the writing gods were watching over me at St. Michael’s Retreat in Lumsden, because that’s where I received my first box of books amidst the genius of Lawrence Hill, Helen Humphreys, Denise Chong, Ken Babstock, John Gould, and Kimmy Beach. They were the faculty at the Sage Hill Writing Experience and they were generous beyond words. It doesn’t get much better for a first-time author than an impromptu book singing lesson from Lawrence Hill. I was so rattled, I promptly forgot to add the date as instructed, but he very graciously sought me out later and had me fix it! I also received many tips on marketing and readings and the whole gamut of what will come now that the book is out. The participants at Sage Hill were wonderful and engaged (no one more so than the fiction workshop group with instructor Helen Humphreys!) and they bought a load of books which was the ultimate way of showing support for an author they’d only known ten days. Much wine, much fun and much good writing and reading. It was a surreal and awesome way to see a book into the world. And get a great start on the next.
Dollybird will be released August 15th in bookstores and online. Thanks to all the fine people at Sage Hill and particularly Phillip Adams who kept us all on track and created a space like no other to realize our writing.