Extraordinary Opportunities

Extraordinary Opportunities

When I walk into a bookstore with this vinyl cobra wrapped around my neck, you would be surprised at how many people freak.

“Does this snake look real to you? It doesn’t look real to me. His name is King by the way and he’s the star of The Snake Mistake Mystery.”

The young girl stares at me, gape mouthed. She steals an anxious glance back at her dad. Am I a danger stranger, can she talk to me?

She shakes her head slightly.

“Would you like an autographed bookmark?”

“We’re looking for a book,” the girl finally says.

“What kind of book?” I ask. “Maybe I can help.”

“Your book,” she answers. Apparently I spoke at her school. She’s not sure which in the Great Mistake Series she heard me talk about but I know it’s the one with King in it. When Mom joins us, she suggests they buy all three. Smart woman.

One of my favourite precocious readers, three year old Finley, my granddaughter, visits me at an Indigo Chapters signing.

We call them signings but most authors agree that beyond the dreamlike trance you go into when your writing is going well, the best part of our careers are the one-to-one experiences we enjoy with our readers. it always feels a little surreal to realize someone else will actually read our work; we’re sharing a very intimate creative experience with you after all. The bookstore signing is perhaps the easiest way to achieve this interaction.

That doesn’t mean it won’t be painful to sit at a table with piles of our book surrounding us and no one stopping by. Or worse people avoiding our glance. Some writers are introverts.

And while I am an extrovert and love meeting and chatting with new people, I do find the selling of my own stories awkward. So here’s what I tell myself. I am giving each child an encounter with a real live Canadian author.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for them, a cultural experience totally free to them. The book, or just an autographed bookmark, is their souvenir of the experience.

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Food is love: Mars Bars for my Book Launch

1) First you enlist a handsome helper to unwrap and break up  four Mars Bars per batch into a pot.  Sampling the Mars Bars is a must.

2) Add 1/4 cup butter and melt the two together.  Beautiful!







3)  Stir in three cups Rice Krispies.  These are the festive red and green version offered at Christmas usually but of course on special now.TIMG_3301

IMG_33024) Spread in square or rectangle pan.  Note that this is a double batch.  Why waste your time only making one?

5) Melt chips under the broiler till they glow and sweat, ( less than a minute) . Caution! Do not check email or Facebook or start revising a chapter at this point!  Charred chocolate means ruined squares.  I speak from experience and a longstanding habit of being easily distracted.

6)  Allow to cool in fridge.  Cut into squares.

Or just come to my book launch at a Different Drummer Books, 2 pm, Sunday June 9, 2013.  Dying to Go Viral (Fitzhenry Whiteside) will be launched along with my daughter JM Filipowicz’s new science fiction Wardroids (Double Dragon).  I’m hoping to succeed at making brown sugar fudge (on the bucket list of my main character Jade) and for fun, if the bacon is on special, I will serve chocolate covered bacon.  Something new and different in literature and for your taste buds.



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