Had the opportunity to sit down at WMFE, our local NPR affiliate, for a discussion about “writing Orlando” (with authors Jenny Torres Sanchez and Lauren Gibaldi, and filmmaker Jason Gregory). The interview itself aired last week, but “Intersections” archives the content in podcast form, so you can check it out here!
Orlando’s Literary Identity
I was also able to sit down with author and historian James C. Clark (Orlando: A Brief History) last weekend, too, at Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park, and we had a fantastic discussion about the history of Orlando, and what stories remain to be explored in literature. If I’m able to score some photos and/or video or audio, I’ll post it here. Otherwise, I guess it’s one of those “had to be there” occasions! #fomo
We are two weeks away from my book launch party (Saturday, November 9th, at Orange Studio in downtown Orlando), and it’s exciting to see that people (like, real people!) are indeed talking about the book.
To learn a little more about Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City, and the long journey toward publication, check out this front page article in Orlando’s Downtown Community Paper. There’s a photo below of the full page.
And then head over to Townie Tourist, who was gracious enough to conduct a twenty-question interview with me. (We’ll be doing a Facebook Live interview very soon, too. Like, video. Technology, ya’ll.) She also read the book and had some very awesome things to say about it. Totally worth your time to check out! See you in two weeks, when this novel officially becomes a physical object.
Two quick items, hot off the press (not sure what the new expression is for internet news, since there is no printing press involved with this stuff, but I’ll leave that to someone smarter than me to figure out).
Item #1: Details for my hotly anticipated book release party are now revealed! Check out the Facebook event page here! We’ll be holding the party at Orange Studio in the Mills/50 neighborhood of downtown Orlando, on Saturday, November 9. Pre-order the book, and it will be available for pick-up. The party’s gonna be off the chain, ya’ll. (Or…as “off the chain” as a literary event can be. I’ll work on finding a more appropriate expression here, too.)
Item #2: The Orlando Weekly recently put together a list of “10 Orlando authors you should know,” and I was excited to find my name on the list! I’m pretty sure I’ve never been featured in a listicle before. This calls for a drink. (As of the writing of this post, it is 9:30 AM. So I will postpone the drink. But you can drink, if you’d like. no judgment.)
Hopefully I’ll have more news to share soon! Reviews. Online excerpts. Interviews. More listicles? Oh, what a time to be alive.