And so It Begins!

Greetings from Winnipeg! I’m currently killing a few hours in the ‘Peg before round two of the Fictionistas, so I thought I’d send a brief update from the road.

The tour started in Toronto on Thursday. I arrived in Toronto filled with a lot of excitement and caffeine, but very little sleep. I’d picked going on an impromptu road trip with my boyfriend over doing laundry the day before, so I’d been up until 1 am hand-washing socks in the sink and trying to find book-tour-y type clothes that weren’t lying in the bottom of the laundry hamper. (So much for that careful wardrobe selection I’d posted about earlier).

Luckily, adrenaline kicked in and my nerves were calmed by meeting all the other awesome Fictionistas. I was especially excited to meet Suzanne Alexander, who’s the Publisher of Goose Lane editions. Everyone at Goose Lane – from my editor Bethany Gibson to publicist Corey Redekop – has been amazing, and I’ve been lucky to work with them all, so I was eager to put a face to at least one name.

The reading could not have gone better. All of us have very diverse styles, tones and subject matters, but they complimented one another in interesting ways and we were able to have some really great panel discussions on both craft and larger issues such as women writers who’ve inspired us. The standing-room-only audience asked a lot of smart questions and I certainly enjoyed (read: demolished) the cheese plate.

After a day of recharging and resting in the T-Dot, I got up early this morning to head to Winnipeg. Today I’m in an Air Canada sandwich: flying in to Winnipeg at 9 am, then flying back out again tonight to Calgary. It’s a whirlwind tour, but I wouldn’t miss it for anything. After all, how often do you get to share the stage with some of Canada’s most talented women writers?

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