Here we are, a couple of weeks out of the release of the book, and it has been quite a ride. There's nothing quite like seeing your book in bookstores -- an object, physical, there, taking up space.. Something about that makes it feel more real than all of the contracts and pdfs and correspondences that led up to it. It's right there in front of you, done.
I had a reading last night at Third Place Books in Ravenna, which is a bookstore close to my heart. First, it's down the street from where I grew up, in the Ravenna area of Seattle, and second, I workshopped a large portion of the book with my writing group in the pub below the bookstore. It was fun to see friends and family come out for the reading, even some folks from the old neighborhood.
I have about a month off from readings while I finish up teaching this class at Hugo House, then I'll be at Phinney Books with my friend Anca Szilagyi for the Dock Street reading series. Meanwhile, I'm working with my publicist on all sorts of fun opportunities...interviews, podcasts, reviews. We'll see how it all goes.
Also, Literary Hub called the novel one of 5 Great Novels You May Have Missed in February. Here's a quote: "The Hummingbirds: A Novel by Ross McMeekin is the book I’d recommend for anyone with a soft spot for a well written psychological thriller...." If you want to read the rest, you can do so here.