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Girl Mans Up Book Launch #2: Durham Region

Wednesday evening was Book Launch #2 for Girl Mans Up. (Photo gallery is at the end of this post.) I planned 2 launches because when you’re from the suburbs, traveling to downtown Toronto is a pain in the ass. All that traffic, and the parking drama. Anyway, I decided to have this second launch at a local library.

This launch was different from the first launch. The first had this downtown/nightspot feel, with several people I didn’t know attending, along with my agent and the HarperCollins Canada team. The second was in a bright room, and was packed with people I know, many of whom I’ve known for a long time. I am so glad the library gave me the bigger room because had we had to go with the original room I requested, we would’ve been stuck together and gasping for air.

Book launches, I’m finding out, are like big social teases, dangling all these cool people in front of the person who wrote the book and basically going, Ha! You’re all giddy to be seeing these people but you won’t have more than 1 minute to talk to each of them, and then it’ll be over and everyone will have gone home. I just wanted to talk to everyone, see what they’ve all been up to!

I saw people I went to elementary school and high school with, some of my mom’s longtime coworkers, some of my own coworkers, many loyal faces from my local writing community (the Writers’ Community of Durham Region), and of course close friends and family.

I could just leave it at all the amazing, but I won’t. I’m going to share the not-so-great things that happened because those are way more interesting to read about. So here’s what happened: I got punched in the mouth by the microphone I was using for my reading and Q&A, and rather than punch it back, I rolled with it and kept on chatting away. I had gotten stuck in the rain on the way in earlier, and everyone neglected to tell me my hair had gone all “There’s Something about Mary” on me. Half the photos taken turned out blurry and/or have my messed-up hair in them. And I ran out of books to sell (but that part is actually pretty exciting!).

I had planned to write this blog post yesterday, however my attention was totally highjacked by the more exciting, badass thing ever:

To give you some context, although Pen came to life through the inspiration I got from my girlfriend Melissa, when describing Pen, I had Bex Taylor-Klaus in mind. I sent clips of her as Bullet (in The Killing) to my editor to help her see the way I see Pen. So it’s been a thing for quite a while now that Melissa and I are like, “If there’s ever a Girl Mans Up movie, Bex totally has to play Pen.” (And not just because she literally looks the part, but also because she’s just an awesome actor. Go watch The Killing and Scream and you’ll see the energy and heart she brings to a part.) She’s who we picture when we read the story. So I tweeted Bex just that. And then her response came:

I mean…what?! Melissa and I had a serious case of fangirlism. We legit screamed repeatedly and scared the crap out of our puppies. And through all this, my Twitter was blowing up with mentions. People actually went out to buy my book on Bex’s recommendation (so, you know, thanks, Bex!). I honestly never thought something like this would happen. When you write a book, you often get asked “Who would play so-and-so in the movie?” And you throw out names of famous people just for fun. I was all “Hands down, Bex Taylor-Klaus.” Well now she’s reading my book, and I’m over here trying not to be a creeper about it because I just want to be bombarding her with tweets! Where did you get the book? How did you hear about it? What page are you on? What parts made you laugh? No but for real—how did my book end up in your hands? Do you wanna hang out?

Let me be clear: There is no Girl Mans Up movie (as of yet, anyway). But personally I think there should be (ha!) and I think it should happen while Bex can still play teenaged characters. 😉

And now for the photos of the second launch. (For just the photos, click here.)

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4 thoughts on “Girl Mans Up Book Launch #2: Durham Region

  1. Why am I so emotional about this? I barely know you. Wish I’d been at the launch. One question: will you have a table at the WCDR Roundtable tomorrow (Sept 10) so I can get an autographed copy?

    1. That’s so sweet of you to say!! I am there tomorrow, and I think Shelley (Blue Heron) is sending some copies. I ran out at the launch (including all my author copies!). 😀

  2. The power of positive thinking is a wonder to me. M-E, not only were you able to write this amazing book, find an agent, sell the book, have Emma Donoghue tweet about it, then have Bex Taylor-Klaus tweet and eventually respond directly to you, but in combining hard work with an unwavering belief in your story you made your dreams materialize; flesh and blood, real no kidding, did-that-just-happen happen. You and your journey are an inspiration, and I’m so proud to have you in my writing tribe.

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