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The Anxiety of Reviews

obt logo_2Okay, so reviews of my book make me anxious. Really anxious. Wincing, cringing, whinging anxious. I mean who likes being criticized for something you worked really hard on?! I prefer my days to be serene and content, so I don’t go out of my way to hunt down reviews, but if someone sends me a link to one I summon all my courage and take a look. (I also figure that if someone sends it to me, it won’t be terrible.)

So I was glad to read the lovely Open Book Toronto review of Eldritch this morning. The only complaint the reviewer had was with how sudden the reveal at the end is, a criticism I’ve heard from others. It’s a valid point, but I don’t regret ending that way, really. I just didn’t want the book to trail on and go out with a whimper, so I saved a bit of a bang for the last page.

What I especially loved in this review was the fact that the reviewer, YA author Kim Firmston, and her daughter both liked the book and found it kept them guessing. I think it’s fantastic whenever parents and kids can share enthusiasm for a book, and discuss it together.

“…this was an awesome read — when I was finally able to read it. My twelve-year-old daughter snatched the book away after reading the first chapter over my shoulder. I didn’t see it again for a while.

So if you have a fantasy lover, put a little Eldritch Manor in their stocking this Christmas, and when they are done reading have a crack at it yourself.”
(Kim Firmston, Open Book Toronto, Nov 13/2013)


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OLA Silver Birch nomination for Eldritch!

1226_silverbirch_logo_new1Very excited to get the news that Eldritch Manor has been nominated for a Silver Birch Award in the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program!

Ten books are nominated for the Silver Birch Fiction award, which is aimed at readers aged 8 to 12 (grades 3-6).  Readers from all across the country are encouraged to read at least 5 of the 10 books and vote on which should win.

I will post more news on the OLA Forest of Reading events as they come up, but for the moment, I’m just totally chuffed!

Will you read the 10 nominees? See the list here.


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CFSI radio interview next week

Here on Saltspring Island the public library has a local radio show called Word on the Rock, and next Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11:30 a.m. they’ll be interviewing me! Through the miracle of the internet, here’s the link to listen online.

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A Little Home Town Publicity…

I did an interview for the Yorkton This Week (Yorkton, Sask.) recently – click here to read the article.

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Quill & Quire review of “Eldritch Manor”

Don’t ever believe a writer who says they pay no attention to reviews of their work! No matter how tough-minded and independent you pretend to be, the slightest kind word in the press can make you feel like a million bucks!
A brilliant quote on the subject, from Isaac Asimov:

From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: those
who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed
copiously and secretly at any bad review.

All of this to say that I received a very nice review of Eldritch Manor in the September issue of Quill & Quire.  Happy-making to say the least! I feel like I just got a gold star sticker on my homework… and believe me, grownups need those gold stars just as much as kids do!

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