The last stop on my book tour was a kind of homecoming. When I was Writer-in-Residence at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada–a semi-arid desert region of the BC Interior–I wrote the first draft of the novel that became Leap. When I recently arrived at the North Kamloops branch of the public library, I was greeted by an excited librarian who informed me that my audience was waiting, and some of them had already read my book. On her heels came two photojournalists with intimidatingly large and professional-looking cameras: one was from The Daily and one from the Omega, TRU’s student newspaper. Mike Davies, the student journalist, kindly sent me these photos. In the photo below, you can see some of the teen book club members.
These girls were a joy to talk to: one was into dance, one was into music, and one was into sports. All of them were into reading. Two other girls came to the reading–still in costume from a dress rehearsal for their year-end dance recital.
Journalist Mike Davies also interviewed me and wrote an article based on our talk. You can read it here:
It was a pleasure to talk with Jodi about being an author, what the term means these days, and how others should approach working in the publishing industry. For some reason, you just don’t get the kind of open and honest discussion we had that day from many authors – it’s probably because she’s really a teacher at heart – and it was nice to have the opportunity. Thanks again, Jodi.