I’ve added a link on the sidebar of my site to an excerpt of Nowhere Wild, so you can get a little taste of what the story is like and about before you buy.
Here’s a direct link.
The launch party is over. (What a night!)
Nowhere Wild is now available in bookstores online and in the real world, all over the US and Canada!
Nowhere Wild was even featured on John Scalzi’s Big Idea!
So now what?
- I’ll have another author event at University Books in Bellevue, WA on Sept 29th at 6:30 PM, then another event on October 10 in Sumner, WA (more details to come on those events as they get closer)
- When I’m out travelling, I will look for opportunities to do other signings. If you’re a bookstore owner in the Pacific Northwest, and want me to visit, send me a note via my contact page, and we’ll see what we can set up.
- I’ll continue doing giveaways and contests here, and on Goodreads as time permits. The current giveaway on Goodreads closes at midnight tonight, so make sure you enter today!
- If you want a signed copy of Nowhere Wild, please contact the University Bookstore in Seattle. They have some signed copies on hand, and will send to anywhere in the US.
- If you have read Nowhere Wild (and liked it), please, please, please, put a review up on whatever site you bought it, or on Goodreads. Word of mouth is what helps most to sell books these days, and every review counts.
Today, I’m taking a day to enjoy the experience, handle some personal business and relax, before the real world comes-a-calling again tomorrow.
And, oh yes, I need to get back to some serious writing. I took last week off for my road trip, but it’s time to get cranking on the next book. The words, the words, they build up in my brain, and must be made free.
Launching your debut novel is (by definition) a once in a lifetime event, and what a thrill it was! How do I describe all the emotions?
Should I start with walking in to University Books in Seattle and seeing this for the first time?
Or should I talk about giving my first speech at a book event? Pam Binder did a great job of introducing me, and after a few moments, my nerves settled down, and I was able to talk about the process and the book. At least I think that’s what I talked about. It’s all kind of a blur now.
Then we moved on the my first book signing. My friends Mike and Stina got the first signed copies this night.
I gave away some door prizes as well, with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kevin O’Brien, and PNWA President Pam Binder looking on.
Then signed some more books, including some for my friend Scottland and his nephew Shayne.
Then, we wound up the fantastic evening with my family close by.
What a great night!
Tonight is the big night! The official Nowhere Wild launch party will be happening at the University Bookstore in Seattle. Get there early to buy your copy. Festivities will be starting promptly at 7:00 PM with a speech and reading followed by a signing.
As I’ve said before, there will be some special guests, door prizes and mementoes to celebrate the big occasion. There will also be cookies. My wife’s home-made cookies. And brownies.
Hope to see you all there!
I wrote Nowhere Wild, in part, because I loved the stories about living and surviving in Canada’s North. I could have set it in Alaska, or the mountains of Idaho or Montana. But ever since I read Farley Mowat’s Lost in the Barrens as a kid, I wanted to travel to the North to follow the paths taken by the voyageurs who explored Canada by canoe. As I got older, I knew that wasn’t ever going to happen.
Last week however, my brother-in-law Eric, and I set out on a different kind of trip… a road trip that would take us some 3600 km from Edmonton, Alberta to Thompson, Manitoba and back to Calgary, Alberta. It was one of those once in a lifetime trips I doubt I’ll ever be able to do again, but one we both enjoyed tremendously.
Below is the rough map of the route we followed. We added a significant number of kilometers on side trips, especially around Thompson, but this is core of the route. We overnighted in Edmonton, Prince Albert, Thompson (3 nights), Yorkton and Calgary (2 nights).
I’m not going to go into a day by day log (I took lots of notes for my own use), but a few highlights:
– It rained a lot last week. Apparently Eric and I had a knack for pulling clouds across the country. It was raining when we left Seattle on Friday night, started raining when we landed in Edmonton, and we spent much of our drive east in the rain. The weather cleared up for our time in Thompson, but the weather up there changes fast and frequently. We took rain jackets with us everywhere we went.
– Northern Alberta is gorgeous. Rolling, green hills, grand views and picturesque valleys everywhere you look.
– The little town of Smeaton, Saskatchewan, is where the boreal forest really begins. One minute, you’re in a land of farm fields, old granaries and wetlands, the next, you’re surrounded by a forest that stretches on for hundreds of kilometers. It’s that quick, and that thick.
– We had a great time in Thompson itself. The people were so nice, and so excited to hear about Nowhere Wild. Especially helpful was Tanna Teneycke (pictured below) at the Heritage North Museum in Thompson. She showed us around the museum and answered all of our questions. What a great ambassador for the North!
– While in Thompson, we treated ourselves to a float plane trip up to Gauer Lake on Wings over Kississing. Cyp, our pilot, gave us a great tour of where much of the action of Nowhere Wild takes place. It’s fascinating to actually see the places I’ve built in my mind over the last seven years in reality. You truly don’t get a good feel for how big the North is, until you fly over it.
– We spent two days in Thompson. then started the long drive back to Calgary, this time heading the southern route across the plains of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some people might think that would be a dull trip, but I loved it. I grew up on a small farm in Southern Ontario, and I’ve always wanted to see the really big operations on the plains. We were lucky enough to be coming through during the wheat harvest, and the combines were out in the field. For a farm kid, there’s no better time than that.
– On our last day in Calgary, we had planned to swing up to Banff and Lake Louise, but the weather was so bad (snow / sleet in August!), we decided to hang out and check out the local bookstores. At the Chapters Books on Dalhousie, I was actually able to sign 6 copies of Nowhere Wild which had arrived early. Whoever buys those on Tuesday will get a special treat!
Overall, we had an amazing time. I learned a lot, and will use much of what I picked up in my next book. Sure, I wish I had been able to do this trip last year (it would have helped me to avoid some embarrassing mistakes in Nowhere Wild), but it wasn’t possible then, and I’ll just have to use creative license as my defense when people call me on the issues. Hopefully the mistakes don’t detract from the reader’s enjoyment of the story.
If you love the outdoors, I highly recommend taking this trip (or one like it). Bring a great travel partner, and vehicle with good shocks, as many of the roads are quite rough. But if you do go, make sure you get out of the vehicle and talk to the people there. They’re as much a part of the north as the lakes and the weather. And a whole lot warmer.
I haven’t changed my blog theme in a couple of years, so I’m playing around with it today. Colors / appearance could change frequently. I probably won’t put a LOT of neon yellow and green on the site, but you never know.
The contest requiring you to identify the locations of 4 pictures I took has a winner. Ms. Susan Conner of Thompson, Manitoba submitted the following correct entry:
- Robert Bateman Wolf Mural, Highland Towers, Princeton Drive, Thompson, Manitoba
- Pisew Falls, Off Highway 6, Northern Manitoba
- Hudbay Mine Smelter, Flin Flon, Manitoba
- Harold Shannon Monument, Shannon Lake, Off Highway 41 near Waka, Northern Saskatchewan
Congratulations to Susan. I’ll be dropping the book off at the post office shortly.
How did I get those pictures? Well, I took a little trip last week up to Thompson. But I’ll tell you all about that trip in another blog entry. First, I need to rush down to the post office to send off this book!
And here’s another picture I took while in “The Hub of the North”. This is just a couple of kilometers north of Thompson on Highway 391. I think they mean it.
[UPDATE 8/22/2015: We have a winner! This contest is now closed.]
Okay, below are 4 pictures I’ve taken along a route I have recently traveled. Three should be easy to figure out with a little research. One may be really difficult, unless you lived there and recognize it.
Here are the rules:
- People who know where I took these because I told you, are not eligible.
- Answers need to be as specific as possible. What is the landmark, or city name where it was taken?
- Close family / friends are not eligible (I expect you all to BUY a copy of Nowhere Wild!)
- Use my ‘Contact Me’ page to submit your answers with the title ‘Geography Quiz Answers – <Your Name>’. You can enter as many times as you’d like, but your last entry is the one I will use, even if you had a correct answer earlier.
- The first person to get all four, will win.
- If no one gets all four by Monday, August 31st at 23:59 PM (Pacific), then the one with the most correct answers will win.
- If no one gets any correct answers, well, that’s really sad, and I’ll have to come up with another contest.
- I will post the winner (and the correct answers) as soon as I can.
Over on Goodreads, I’m running a giveaway of a signed, hardcover, First Edition of Nowhere Wild. All you have to do (if you are a registered Goodreads user), is go here and click the Enter Giveaway button. If you’re not a Goodreads user, well, I’ll have to find a way to do another giveaway soon. In fact, I have an idea now, but I have to wait a couple of days to get it started.
This contest, however, closes at 11:59 PM on August 25th and is open to residents of the US and Canada! The winner will be chosen randomly by Goodreads, and should receive the book a few days later.
Deb Caletti and I met a few years ago through the PNWA, and hit it off right away. We’ve kept in touch as time as gone on, but we just haven’t been able to get back together in person for one reason or another. Well last night, Deb was giving a reading at the wonderful Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, so I decided to swing by and pick up a copy of her latest book, The Secrets She Keeps. Deb is a fantastic speaker, and an even better person. If you have the opportunity to hear her talk about her books, go. You will not regret it!
Afterwards, she signed a copy of her latest for me, and I signed a copy of Nowhere Wild for her. What a thrill! Deb, you are my hero!