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I’m so inspired by Wally Funk today

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

This morning, I was glued to my screen watching as Blue Origin launched their first sub-orbital mission to space carrying Amazon and Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, paying passenger 18 year-old Oliver Daemen from The Netherlands, and 82 year-old Wally Funk, one of the original Mercury 13 women who trained to be astronauts in the sixties but were never given the chance to fly. As a writer, I’m not a huge supporter of Amazon and Jeff Bezos, but his decision to invite Wally Funk to be part of this voyage to space was inspired and left me quite emotional about it all. For nearly her entire life, Wally Funk has dedicated herself to flying and reaching space. Barriers were thrown in her path every step of the way, yet today she was weightless in space, finally. Her journey is not unlike that of Landon Percival in my third novel, Up and Down. I’ve had a lot of emails in the last week or so about the symmetry of Wally Funk’s odyssey and Landon’s in the novel. Life imitating art, perhaps.

 

Up and Down (US)

 

One day more and we’ve cracked the top 5

Friday, July 16th, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Operation Angus has jumped up another spot into the Top 5 of Bookmanager’s Future Canadian Fiction Releases rankings. Still more than six weeks to go until it hits bookstores. Thanks for all your pre-orders that have propelled Operation Angus up to near the top of the “most anticipated” list. Happy days.

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One day later, Operation Angus is on the move

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Yesterday I posted about Bookmanager’s Future Canadian Fiction Releases rankings where Operation Angus had broken in the Top 10. Perhaps I should have waited another day. I checked this morning and Operation Angus has jumped from 10th to 6th in the rankings. With six weeks to go until launch, this is good news.

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Operation Angus ranked in top 10 future releases

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Bookmanager is a great resource for writers, booksellers, and publishers alike. I use it to gauge how well my novels are selling, or in this case, how much anticipation there is for my new novel, Operation Angus, that’s due out at the end of August. For novels already released, Bookmanager tracks sales and ranks books accordingly, and provides bestsellers lists to major media outlets including the CBC. You can filter for various criteria to ensure you’re comparing apples to apples. In my case, for books already published, I filter the search to yield “Canadian-fiction” rankings. For novels soon to be published, as below, I filter for “Canadian-fiction-future releases” rankings, presumably based on pre-orders.

Enough context. When I checked this morning, Operation Angus had broken into the Top 10 rankings for future Canadian fiction releases. I’m thrilled, particularly looking at the company I’m keeping. No one is likely to displace Louise Penny, Chris Hadfield, Linden MacIntyre or some of the others, so I’ll happily ride on their coat tails. I’m just happy to be in the same postal code with them. This all bodes well for Operation Angus due in bookstores August 31.

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3-D Version of the Cover

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Just in case any of you were wondering just how the cover and spine of the novel will look in 3-D, wonder no more!

Operation Angus 3D cover (smaller file)

Love it. Three months today Operation Angus hits bookstores.

Cover Reveal: Operation Angus

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

We’ve now finalized the cover for Operation Angus, my eighth novel, due in bookstores August 31, 2021. It certainly is eye-catching. I really love it. A big thanks to Matthew Flute the talented designer at McClelland & Stewart who came up with this design, and to my editor, Bhavna Chauhan, and publisher, Jared Bland, for their guiding hands. I love the little spy running across the roof of Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Perfect.

You should see the novel now in the online retailers available for pre-order. (The cover image may take a few days to appear in the online listings.) Stay tuned for a sneak peek at the back cover copy in the next week or so.

Final cover (smaller file)

Dusting off my high school French

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Here’s a mercifully short video in French promoting the French translation of Albatross released last month by Les Editions de l’Homme. Be gentle…

Albatross French translation lands today!

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

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I’m thrilled to announce that the French translation of my seventh novel, Albatross, hits bookstores today! Many thanks to my agent Beverley Slopen, our French publisher, Edition de l’Homme in Montreal, and our wonderful translator, Caroline Lavoie. Needless to say, je suis très heureux et honoré!


 

Albatross was published one year ago

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

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It was one year ago, August 13, 2019, that Albatross was published and hit bookstore shelves across Canada. The very next day, I headed out west for the wonderful Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and waited to see what would happen. The first week of novel’s life is always a bit nerve-racking for the author. You don’t really know how the book will be received. Will there be reviews? Will they be positive? And you don’t dare think about the bestsellers lists. But for Albatross, everything seemed to unfold in a very gratifying way. Readers seemed to like it. The reviews were positive. And lo and behold, in less than a week, Albatross was the #1 Canadian novel in the nation. I was flabbergasted and very happy.

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Now, one year later, Albatross has sold more copies in twelve months than my last novel, One Brother Shy, has in over three years (and it sold quite respectably). So I’m thrilled and very grateful to all the readers who helped make this happen. It’s been a great year for Albatross. May it continue. Onwards!

French Edition of Albatross to be Audiobook too

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

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My publisher in Quebec has just confirmed that they will produce an audiobook to coincide with the launch of the French translation of Albatross later this fall. I’m thrilled that French book lovers will be able to choose to read or listen to Albatross. My thanks to Les Editions De L’Homme, my literary agent, Beverley Slopen, and her Paris-based affiliate, Claire de Robespierre for making this happen.

Audiobook