Family of Spies has launched and will land on bookstore shelves over the next few weeks.
My thanks to everyone who came out to McNally Robinson Bookseller's to celebrate.
What a party!
|Jamie and I. Excited. Nervous. Pens ready.|
Illustrator, Jamie Gatta and I, were thrilled to see so many students from Beaumont School. And of course I was proud to introduce Kennedy who created the awesome Family of Spies' book trailer, which you can view here: Family of Spies Book Trailer.
McNally's atrium was packed with kids, adults, friends, and family and looking on a sea of smiling faces, is something I will never forget.
Family of Spies was inspired by family lore that swirls around my grandfather's still-sealed World War 2 records and my cousins from across North America, including Hawaii, flew to Winnipeg for this event. We quickly planned a Winnipeg Crawford family reunion and re-introduced ourselves after decades of separation. Books aren't just about getting lost in a good story, they can bring families together! At least they are, if you are a FAMILY OF SPIES!
|Gorgeous cookies by Prairie Ink.|
(See what I did there? Clever, yes?)
A huge thank you to McNally's launch staff who seamlessly guided the afternoon. You make every author, whether they've published one book or twenty-five books, feel like J.K. Rowling.
Family of Spies was completed on the day movers arrived at our home in Hertford, England to pack us for our return to Canada. While in England, I met two writers through The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and we formed a critique group called, The Streamers. (Named after our pub, The Millstream. Of course.) This novel would remain unfinished if it weren't for The Streamers. Alice and Louise graciously agreed to do my book launch introduction via video, and as expected everyone found them as funny, thoughtful, and amazing as I do. As they took us down "memory lane" of how we three met and worked so well together, my heart was full. I am happy to say, The Streamers has gone international, and we meet via Skype every three to four weeks to critique each others work.
|Two thirds of The Streamers: Alice and Louise from Hertford, England|
|Sharing the writing journey of Family of Spies|
And then the presentation continued and in what felt like just a few minutes, I was signing books.
|Signing, signing, signing. Smiling, smiling, smiling.|
This day was made possible by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications.
Thank you for all you do for Canadian writers.
And my thanks to my cousin, Jim Crawford of Newfoundland - our family historian. Thank you for helping me keep all our Crawford Harrys and Henrys straight.
Finally, I am extremely grateful that I am fortunate enough to write books and find an audience who enjoys the stories I create.