Post Memoir Launch (aka. Showing Your Insides to the world)
Hello out there! It's been exactly 36 DAYS since I launched my memoir and what an incredible journey this has been! The amount of sheer terror I experienced in releasing such a private book is difficult to put into words... One day I will tell you just how close I was to backing out and why, but not today. Today, I'm taking stock of the transformative journey I have been on since showing the world my insides.
In the last few weeks alone, I have gone from writer-recluse in my tiny studio to speaking in front of a crowd of 20 000 people at WE FAMILY DAY! I was LIVE on the TV show THE SOCIAL for twelves minutes, sharing the story of my family and my book, speaking my truth in front of the WHOLE COUNTRY. Since October 1st, the day after my my book was released, I have received dozens and dozens of messages and emails from friends and strangers and learned that my book is now required reading at a University in a Social Work Class! I have heard from military wives, civilian wives, wives of miners and police officers, single moms, divorced moms, single women, single divorced women, so many wonderful women, people who live with disabilities, and even men. People have shared their experiences with me about their own journeys and pain and healing. I have been humbled by their sharing. All of them have blown me away by their openness, their kind words and their support for this book and this life. It took me YEARS to write this memoir, but hearing how readers could not put it down and sacrificed sleep in order to finish it in ONE DAY is now the BEST compliment I could ever receive!
I thought people would hate me. But what I have learned is that when you write from such a gut-wrenching, vulnerable and honest place, people tend to meet you there too. This has been such a blessing for me, to learn this. We don't have to go it alone. We REALLY don't. Sharing our stories connects us. Connection heals us. And sometimes doing the thing that scares you the MOST can actually be the thing that FINALLY completely frees you!
I want to share the interview I did on The Social (I think you can only view it in Canada, sorry.) along with a couple of other really fun interview with Jessica Allen from The Social, and a CBC radio interview where my book was recommended along with Giller nominated books and GG books (WHAT?) and hearing the genuine appreciation for my memoir in this woman's voice (Kerry Clare from 49th Shelf and Pickle Me This) was the BEST sound a girl could ever hear! I had tears in my eyes... yup. I have a couple of other really exciting things lined-up but I will save that for another day. Today, I just want to say thank-you from my WHOLE FREAKING HEART, thank-you to EVERY single person who has read my book and who has supported this spectacular journey. I am so grateful you guys. I wish I could hug every single one of you. d. xo
PS. The E-BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE TOO! You can now get my book in seconds here!