Five Years On, Still Seen

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It doesn’t seem right, but it’s the fifth anniversary of Are You Seeing Me? coming into the world.

The little novel about Justine and Perry’s last glorious vacation together was released August 2014 and things would never quite be the same for its grateful author.

It managed to do amazing things, including this.

And this.

And even this.

Perhaps most impressively, it has managed to stick around, still getting read here, still being discussed there.

To celebrate AYSM’s continuing journey, I thought I’d share a little bit of the behind-the-scenes that shaped the novel we know today. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about AYSM.

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Ceaseless Wonder

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With the AUS/NZ release of my new novel a mere four weeks away, here’s a little insight into the wondering that produced the tale.

Exchange of Heart / Munro vs. the Coyote grew from two story seeds.

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Participation Ribbons (Part 3)

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2015 was, without doubt, the year of Are You Seeing Me?. By November, it had achieved nine big-time recognitions on three continents, including five major prize shortlistings. Then the year ended with a nod in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Over twelve months, I’d pinched myself so much I took out a self-restraining order.

The ticking over of the calendar to 2016 felt like the end of AYSM‘s dream run, especially with my focus now firmly set on the draft of the follow-up novel, Where You Are Now. The little book with the car and the cracks and the marauding monster on the cover, though, was not yet prepared to shed its sneakers.

In fact, it was saving up a finishing kick of epic proportions.

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Participation Ribbons (Part 2)

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Back in April, I posted about how 2015 had already achieved ‘house on fire’ status in the Are You Seeing Me? chase for literati glory. Given we’re now in November, I figured I should update you on the six months that have passed.

What a caper.

While still coming down from the CBCA shortlist clouds (it rightfully took several months), I discovered that AYSM was a finalist for the Griffith University YA Book Award in the QLA’s. To receive this nod from my state of origin was very gratifying and took me back to my very first brush with literary acknowledgement: a shortlisting in the 2004 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards’ young adult category for Most Valuable Potential.

Next came two very cool pats on the back.

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Release The Publicity Hounds

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Are You Seeing Me? is out and about in North America this week and, in accordance with the promotional deities, there is plenty of upcoming opportunity to catch me in a live or online AYSM experience.

Here’s a rundown of confirmed happenings:

August 18-25: Goodreads Giveaway (for CAN/US only)
August 24: Staff Meet n Greet, Kidsbooks on Broadway, 11.00am
September 9: Vancouver Book Launch, Book Warehouse on Main, 7.00pm
September 12: Delta Book Launch, Albany Books, 2.00pm
September 15: Vancouver Writers Fest Soft Launch, Indigo Broadway & Granville, 7.00pm
September 19-20: Word on the Street Lethbridge (see festival program for full details)
September 27: Word Vancouver (see festival program for full details)
October 2: PNBA Tradeshow in Portland, Nightcapper Author Event, 8.30-10.00pm
October 20-25: Vancouver Writers Fest (see festival program for full details)
November 4: Orca Group Launch in Victoria, Munro’s Books (time TBD)

Other events may be added to the docket, so stay tuned.

I look forward to seeing you somewhere on this fun ride!

Fireproof Garage #6 – Fuelled By Alcohol And Caffeine

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Words Gone, Words Returned

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11.00am, July 21st 2001. In the too-familiar confines of Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, my daughter is born. Three minutes later, my son follows.

How to properly mark the arrival of my children into the world? What can I do to let them know they are loved from the first second forward?

I will write them a journal. One each. Until their fifth birthdays. It makes sense; I have so few skills, but seeing lives, conjuring thoughts, assembling words – these are my staples.

I write. Moments of hilarity, of poignancy. I fill small pages with tiny details and big imagination. Flickers of a technicolour film in its formative months. I write fast for ten months.

Then I am slow.

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