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author #tbt :: this time nobody died

my first book, a collection of short stories called interference originally came out on april 24th, 2009. it was a memorable day for me, obviously, but not necessarily for the right reasons. yes, i was ecstatic that i finally had a book with my name on the cover and my picture on the back, but after going for a walk to revel in some of that happy energy, i came home and found one of my cats had died. he hadn't been sick and even that morning, he'd been his usual playful, affectionate self. he was gentle giant with a big heart and, as it turned out, a weak heart, which simply short-circuited with no warning. needless to say, that put a considerable damper on the celebrations.

yesterday, my second book, tricky + conversion, which contains my first novel and my first screenplay, came out. this is something that's been in the works for a long time and i am thrilled to finally have it available. i'm even more thrilled because nobody i love died yesterday, at least as far as i know. because that's a really heavy burden for an author to bear: yes, i desperately want to get work out there and yes, i want people to read and [hopefully] enjoy it, but can i really live with myself if publishing something means that someone close to me has to die? well, since i did publish a second book, i guess it's clear that, yes, i'm ok with killing people off one at a time in order to sell a few books. but, in my defense, it did take me six years to get around to it. now you know why.

so, since today is throw-back thursday, it seemed highly appropriate to take a look back and forward via author photos. that blonde-haired lady is the one whose face graces the back of interference, while her dark-haired sister can be found on the back cover of tricky + conversion.

you can find both of these ladies and the books that they're attached to exclusively here at the official more like space bookstore. prices at the shop are in canadian dollars, which is especially nice if you're not canadian, because our currency is taking a giant crap right now. mismanaging our economy in order to make my book more affordable is definitely the nicest thing stephen harper has ever done for me.

and if you order before midnight tonight [april 2, 2015], you can use the code FOOLME to get 25% off your purchase. [note: this promo is being offered by lulu.com and applies to everything on their site. that means that you can save on lots of books, not just mine. it also means that authors still get their full royalties, which is always appreciated.]

thanks very much to all of you for reading/ supporting what i do. and please don't die this week. i can't have another one of those on my conscience.

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Kate MacDonald said…
My pleasure, Julie. Nice to meet you.

as long as you're here, why not read more?

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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

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