I would love to spend two months rambling across Canada, reading, talking, selling my new book, The Boy, which will be hitting the stores the end of April. But there is the problem of the expense of such travel, even with a string of friends and family in various ports on whom I can mooch for bed and breakfast. So concurrent with the actual tour (so far Regina, Calgary, Edmonton with plans to work in Lethbridge, Camrose, Stettler before summer) I will be cyber-hopping from blog to blog to chat with friends. I’m hoping to do a short reading at each stop – by way of excerpt or link back to audio clips on my own blog—and talk about some aspect of the writing of this book and how it came together. This story, and how to tell it with respect and purpose, bedevilled me for four years. That I had the support of the publisher of my two most recent books, Oolichan Books, before the manuscript was even finished, was the kind of gift a writer only dreams.
When I put out a call for “invitations” to visit blogs, Shelley Banks, writing colleague and UBC classmate http://latitudedrifts.blogspot.com/ reminded me about the clever blog of our mutual friend and colleague, Leona Theis https://alwaysunderrevision.wordpress.com/ where the character in her novel-in-progress is blogging about the trials of living a life that is always in revision. Wouldn’t it be fun, Shelley suggested, to interview a character from The Boy in my visit to her blog? Would it! There are a couple of characters in this book with whom my friends may not want to keep company of any sort, but I will leave them for future stops, and will be kicking off the tour with a visit to Shelley’s blog with the fictional character, Louise, tagging along. The querulous voice of Louise has been interrupting me since the very beginnings of The Boy, and in fact it was Louise who set the story in motion… but for those details, stand by for details and date of the visit with Shelley. In fact, stand by for an itinerary-in-progress which I will post soon.