Patricia McCowan

Writer, reader, walker.

Category: Honeycomb

New Year, New Book

I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare that, for a writer, knowing you have a new book coming out soon is the best way to start the new year. Okay, I suppose the best, best way for a writer to start the new year (or day, or week, or month) is to WRITE. But having a finished book is a very close second-best. As Dorothy Parker said, or wrote, “I hate writing; I love having written.”

So what have I written? Upstaged, for Orca Book Publishers’ Limelights series. Like my first book, Honeycomb, it looks at what it takes for a young person to immerse herself in a particular performing art. Upstaged puts readers front and center in the world of a youth musical theater company. Here’s how Orca’s Spring 2016 catalogue describes the story:

 Ellie is used to getting leading roles in her small-town school’s musicals, but her place at center stage disappears when her dad becomes the host of a breakfast TV show and they have to move to the big city. When Ellie auditions for – and lands – a spot with the Youth Works Theater Company, she comes up against a tight-knit group of talented, experienced and competitive triple-threat performers.

Upstaged officially launches April 12, 2016. I can’t wait – so it’s a good thing I get to sign some pre-release copies of the book at the OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference this month! I’ll be at the Orca booth with my favorite pen on Friday, January 29 at 10:00 am, signing books for librarians. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.

Honeycomb Party

One of the earliest scenes in Honeycomb is a party. An after-party, really. It takes place after my protagonist, Nat, and her friends Jess and Harper perform together for the first time as a trio. In it, I try to capture the excitement, noise, conversation and fun that happen when a bunch of people get together to celebrate the start of something new.

I’m hoping to replicate that kind of fun at my launch party for Honeycomb – the after-party of its getting published! It’ll take place here in Toronto at Murphy’s Law, a fave local pub, in its cosy 3rd floor loft. The date, Thursday, October 23. The time, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. (Though, being a pub, they’re not likely to kick anyone out if you want to stay longer!) And speaking of local, my neighbourhood’s lovely bookstore for kids, Ella Minnow, will be on hand to sell copies of the book so I can sign them for you.

Hope you can help me celebrate!

A Space Apart

My wonderful publisher, Orca, invited me to write a guest post for their blog. It’s about creative spaces, fictional and real, including mine. And there are photos! Here’s the post. (By the way, see if you can spot the chocolate. All creative spaces should include chocolate.)

HONEYCOMB has landed!

My baby arrived!

My baby arrived today!

All of those months of thinking, plotting, drafting, writing, scratching out, rewriting, editing, worrying, re-editing and proofing come down to this. An actual book I can hold in my hands. It’s an old process, book publishing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it now.

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