I’m on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers answering the Proust Questionnaire today. If you missed it, you can hear the podcast at the link below. (My bit is towards the end, but the whole thing has good stuff!)
My answer-in-progress to a question readers ask me a lot. A hint as to where I’m leaning:
“To write about the supernatural requires, I think, at least an admission to its possibility on the part of the author, if not outright belief. Otherwise it would be like a sociopath writing about love.”
Screenwriting is awash in lingo that us novelists never use and mostly don’t understand. And this is probably a good thing.
But there is one term from ScreenwritingLand that I’ve found immensely helpful in thinking about how to tell your story…
In its fourth week out, The Demonologist is #1 on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian bestseller list this weekend! Thanks to everyone who’s read the book, and maybe talked about it to other people you thought might like it, and people who work in bookstores who’ve sold it to people you thought might like it, and just, you know, everyone.
I was going to have a quiet night at home re-watching The Silence of the Lambs. That all might have to change now…
Thanks to all who voted and supported the campaign for The Demonologist in the running for the CBC Bookies Award. Alas, we didn’t win this time around. But I’ve been astonished – and genuinely touched – by the efforts so many made on the book’s behalf. In the end, we came second…with over 1,300 votes!
I love you all. And I’m not kidding.
It has all come to this. The last day to vote The Demonologist for Best Thriller/Mystery of 2013 in the CBC Bookies!
It has been a long and absurd competition, one that, in true Canadian fashion, has a low-stakes but also comically meaningful prize at the finish line…the Golden Beaver! If you would, please go to http://www.cbc.ca/books/the-bookies-2014-vote-for-the-best-books-of-the-past-year.html and give The Demonologist your vote. It will change the very DNA of Canadian Literature forever. (Well no, not even close, but this message needs a dramatic closer).
I’m not going to do this every week, even if it’s on the list, I promise. But I can’t resist this week.
Why not? Well, The Demonologist paperback in out this month in Canada, and in its second week, it’s up to #2 on the Globe and Mail Canadian Bestseller List. But what’s really giddy-making for me is that I’m right below my literary hero, Alice Munro. To be sidled up next to her on a list – a list of books! the two of us! – is as close to Fan Boy thrilled as I’m likely to get.
I am thrilled to see The Demonologist is back on the Globe and Mail Canadian Fiction bestseller list, this time in its paperback edition. Even more thrilling is that it’s at #3 in its first full week out!
Thanks for reading. Seriously.