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Interview with Debbie Ohi

How could I forget to post this until now? I know, I know–I’m a horrible person. Anyway, last week, the wildly talented iPad-addict Debbie Ohi was kind enough to interview me on her website, Inky Girl. Click here for the interview!

She even drew some fairy tale characters discussing Fractured! How cool. Debbie is illustrating a children’s picture book by author Michael Ian Black, called I’m Bored, coming out next year. Debbie’s story of how this project came about because of a previous rejection is an interesting one: read all about it here!

More Fractured reviews

Yesterday, my publisher sent me a nice review of Fractured in Resource Links, which was  great to see. And then later that day, I received a tweet from @book_geeks (the talented Bobbi MacDonald from Book Geeks). She’d just posted a wonderful review of Fractured (click here to read it)! It was my favourite kind of review: detailed, enthusiastic, insightful. It totally made my day, and got me excited to get back to work on my next work in progress.

Writing is a solitary activity, and I’m a pretty sociable person. So it’s been wonderful to get to hear from my readers, and to know that people are reading and enjoying my work. I’m especially thankful to the YA book blogging community, for being so supportive of YA authors and introducing me to lots of great books. Book geeks unite!

Two new reviews of Fractured!

Two new reviews of Fractured have come in: one from Things I Think About, and one from Lauren at 365 Days of Reading. I’m so excited to see my book travel across the Internet!

Vancouver launch: photos!

I’m back in Toronto after a whirlwind book promotion in my hometown, Vancouver. Isn’t Vancouver gorgeous?

It was a busy visit. On Thursday, I dropped by the McKellar & Martin office to sign some books and chat about the Saturday launch. It was great to see the office, and I came away with a copy of Go Away, Unicorn, which is a hilarious picture book for non-girly-girls.

Thursday night, my mom had her book club over and they very graciously chatted with me about the book (they don’t usually read YA fiction!). On Friday, my mom hosted another party for friends and family, and we all spent the day catching up, chatting about books, and enjoying some tasty treats.

Saturday was the launch organized by my publisher, McKellar & Martin. The original venue was Coco et Olive on Main Street, but when we arrived at 9:15 am (the event was supposed to start at 9:30), the door was padlocked! As guests started to show up, my publishers got on the phone to find out what had gone wrong. It turned out that the owner had gotten busy at his cafe’s other location across town and wouldn’t be able to make it in time for the launch.

So my ever-resourceful publishers headed up the block in search of alternate venues. The Grind coffee shop was open, and very kindly agreed to let us have the event in their newly renovated back room. We left a sign on the old venue directing people to the new one, and thankfully we didn’t lose anyone in the location switch. Crisis averted!

There was a great turnout, and the illustrator Jenn Brisson and I had fun signing book after book. I wrapped things up with a short reading from the first story in the book: “Snow White and the Seven Dorks.” (It’s my personal favorite, although most people who’ve read the book say they prefer the Little Mermaid story, “Swan Song.”)

Here’s a picture that sums up my Vancouver launches:

Check out the rest of the photos on my Flickr account!

In Vancouver!

I’m back in my hometown: Vancouver, BC. The flight from Toronto is only about 4 hours but it always feels sooo much longer. I read Ali Smith’s The First Person and Other Stories, then a bit of She Loves You, She Loves You Not (an ARC I scored at NCTE), and then I watched the latest episode of Glee.

Today, I had lunch with my grandma and then headed to the mall to do my Christmas shopping. I only had five people to buy for: parents, siblings, grandma. I was able to finish up in a couple hours (yes, I’m bragging), so now I can relax and concentrate on promoting my book.

I’ve got two launches: one on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of my friends, some of whom I haven’t seen in over a year or two. Plus I’ll get to meet the illustrator who did the art in my book, Jenn Brisson. Should be fun!

Vancouver launches!

Next week, I’ll be returning to Vancouver to celebrate Fractured with some book launches! Feel free to come on by, say hi, and get a signed copy of the book. (Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift!)

Richmond Launch/Open House:

  • Date: Friday, December 3
  • Time: 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Place: 6260 Skaha Crescent, Richmond, BC

Vancouver Breakfast Book Launch

  • Date: Saturday, December 4
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • Place: Coco et Olive, 3707 Main Street (at 21st Ave), Vancouver

Blog tour & cat-sitting wrap-up

Well, my blog tour is over (sniff). It was a great experience, and I’ve compiled my favourite quotes from all the reviews on my Reviews page, so I can read them over and over whenever my current work-in-progress is neither working nor progressing.

My cat-sitting gig is also over! No more fluffy white kitty being cute and coating our apartment in a fine layer of cat hair. I leave you with two pictures of her: being a ball and being coy. Enjoy!

Blog tour Day Four & Five

My blog tour is over! And I’m two days late posting my final wrap-up, but I blame it on Disneyworld.

Let me back up. Since Thursday, I’ve been on a business trip at Disneyworld (seriously! Disney resorts often host conventions! This was news to me.). But the “high speed Internet” they said would be available in the hotel rooms ended up costing $9.95/day. And the wifi at the convention centre was $195/day! So I didn’t end up going online much. (Also didn’t end up eating many vegetables. Disney resorts really, really hate vegetables. Vegetables must have done something terrible to Walt when he was a child or something.)

Anyway! The blog tour carried on regardless, because bloggers are awesome that way. Here’s what you may have missed:

Day Four (Nov. 18): Tahleen’s Mixed Up Files posted a very in-depth review of all three stories in Fractured. Over at Page Turners, there’s a Q&A and a giveaway, along with a great review.

Day Five (Nov. 19): Melissa at YA Book Shelf wrote a review and hosted me for a guest post about how the fairytales in Fractured relate to the challenges and opportunities facing today’s teens. Finally, YA Addict wrapped things up with an interview and giveaway!

I’ve enjoyed getting to know some great YA bloggers and their blogs better through doing this blog tour, and I’m thankful to all of them for being such great hosts! I hope that their blogs lead you to discover many more great reads… I know I’ve already got a few new titles in my TBR pile!

Blog tour, Day Three

I made two stops on the Fractured blog tour today:

Visit Between the Pages to read Daisy’s reviews of each of the three stories in Fractured, then head over to The Reading Girl for an interview, a review, and a GIVEAWAY!

Tomorrow, the fun continues at Page Turners and Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files… see you there!

Blog tour, Day Two

The blog tour continues, and there’s still more to come!

Today, Steph over at Bella’s Bookshelves provided a very in-depth review of Fractured, plus an interview with me in which I discuss how long it took to write and whether or not the high school bullying scenes were based on personal experience.

And at Word of Mouse Books, Stacey wrote two posts: a review and an interview. Stop by to contribute to our discussions about how authors can use social media to promote their works!

Tomorrow, the fun continues: look for a review at Between the Pages, and an interview and GIVEAWAY at The Reading Girl!