Recap: the WING & CLAW tour for Book One, FOREST OF WONDERS
Days away from home: 17
Air + road miles: approx 6,500
States: 7 . California, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee
Schools visited: 16
Books read: 6 (see below)
Books signed: hundreds
Readers met: thousands!
Bat rings distributed: 300
Sides ordered at Monell’s Cafe in Nashville: 7
(Mashed potatoes, turnip greens, corn pudding, cornbread dressing, green beans, mac & cheese, broccoli salad)
Festival appearances: 2
Special thanks to the organizers of these two TERRIFIC festivals. Can’t recommend them enough!
Bookstore sponsors: 6
Mrs. Nelson’s, Pomona CA
Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee WI
Kids’ Ink, Indianapolis IN
Book Stall, Winnetka IL
Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville IL
Parnassus Books, Nashville TN
MTSU Bookstore, Murfreesboro TN
Librarians / teachers thanked: dozens
…including Sam Bloom, Cincinnati Public Library, and Randy Lynn, DaVinci Academy, Elgin IL.
My tour guru was Lindsey Karl, publicist at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Lindsey straightened out dozens of little details on the fly, everything from flight glitches to hotel snafus. THANKS, LINDSEY!
The books I read on the road:
PAX, by Sara Pennypacker –Middle-grade realistic fiction, alternating viewpoints, boy and fox.
DUMPLIN’, by Julie Murphy –YA contemporary. All hail the fat girl!
AT THE CROSSING PLACES and THE JANUS STONE, by Elly Griffiths –Adult. The first two books in the Ruth Galloway series, mysteries starring a forensic archaeologist.
NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, by Derek B. Miller –Adult. Thriller with an octagenarian protagonist.
ONE MAN’S FLAG, by David Downing –Adult, spy novel. WWI and the Irish Easter Rising.
ALL highly recommended: I’m so grateful for books that dissolve the long hours of airport and airplane time! Special thanks to Betsy Groban for the Griffiths and Miller titles.
FOREST OF WONDERS has now been launched into the world. I can’t wait to hear about how it’s received by readers!
Favorite moment: Meeting one of the first young readers to have finished FOREST OF WONDERS. He eagerly asked when the second book of the series would be out. I told him March 2017, and his expression…”crestfallen” is putting it mildly! So glad there’s already someone waiting for the next WING & CLAW book!