Waldo is 1 today! Thank you so much for reading my story about a nerdy kid who came from the torn up part of town. Think I might make a pilgrimage there today to celebrate. 😊 And if you haven’t read this yet but want to, you can get it from your favorite indie bookstore here!
Here’s my reading that was part of Bookmarks NC‘s February 4 on 4th author event, put on by Winston-Salem Writers! It was so surreal/cool to read with my favorite bookstore, put on by a writing group I was involved in when Waldo wasn’t pubbed yet, a place that helped the book become. Huge thanks to everyone who came, and to Lisa and all her staff for putting this together!
Please go support them, and support other indie bookstores like them!
Sometimes I forget that in the middle of the insanity of last year, my debut novel came out. People have said it meant something to them. Well as far as reminders go, this is the best. My first time seeing my book in a store, and it’s my favorite bookstore: Bookmarks NC. I cried.
Also, bless the alphabet for putting me this close to Murakami on a shelf. 😂😁
So I just found out my book’s on Bookshop, and I am super psyched about it. 😁 Ever since I heard about them and their mission to support indie bookstores, I was really hoping I’d see my book there eventually, so this is super cool. Check it out!
I can now say that my book is available in-store at my favorite indie bookstore. 😱 Just dropped these off at Bookmarks NC in advance of next month’s virtual event, and these are signed! You can pick up a copy down on 4th Street if you’re in Winston! Link is here for that event!
It makes me so happy to see this. 😊 These 5 out of 5s are huge, especially for indies, and ESPECIALLY for indie debuts. To anyone who’s reviewed my book or plans on doing so: thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Check out the debut coming-of-age novel that Gauraa Shekhar of Maudlin House says “occupies an important space in the psyche of American fiction,” with prose author Zach MacDonald calls “eye-opening and powerful” and says “showed the mind of a true humanist at work.”
Available here through IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and more, both paperback and ebook.
Spanning the late 90s to the 2010s, HERE’S WALDO is a sprawling, tragicomic novel that tracks the story of Waldo Collins, a nerdy kid born in a torn-up town in the shadow of Chicago–unincorporated Des Plaines, IL. It’s a story about what it was like to come of age as the new millennium dawned with all its irrevocable changes. A story about the family bonds we’re born with and those we create along the way, and about using humor to find light in the dark. About generational trauma and the continuation (or completion) of cycles of violence. It’s here we follow Waldo from age eight to twenty-four as he figures out his place in the world, leaves his hometown to become a writer, and ultimately comes back to face everything (and everyone) he left behind. Here’s a story of loss, love, grief, guilt, and a search for meaning. Here’s Waldo.
So I’m pretty sure this review just made my month. I can’t describe just how good it feels that someone read my book and felt this way about it. Things like this make all the years and all the struggle worth it. Thank you so much. I love you guys. ❤