On Festivals and Readings…


Full Sails off Denman Island

When you don’t hear from me for ages, you can assume the writing is going well, but even so, where did August go?

I’m at the Vancouver airport on an extremely long **yawn** layover to Toronto, and thought I’d take the opportunity to catch up with you.


Comox Airport

In July, at the Denman Island Reader and Writer Festival (DIRWF) I had the great pleasure of introducing award-winning author, Eliza Robertson. She read three short stories from her book, Wallflowers. I also had the opportunity to introduce eight of Denman Island’s local writers to the stage, and I then shared a reading from Penance.

I also attended the DIRWF writer-in-residence with Steven Price. You might remember that I’ve got a few writing projects on the go. One of them is a companion piece to Awakening. It’s the story told from Jackson’s perspective with the working title Sins of the Father. I took Sins to Steven Price’s workshop and the participants’ feedback improved and inspired the story. Can’t wait to finish it.


Mars Water Bomber over Denman Island

I’ve also been working on a new story, which I’m calling Witness. I’ve worked out most of the outline and even written a number of chapters. Interestingly, because I’m writing Witness from the third person point of view and Sins from the first person point of view, I’m finding it a challenge to work on both at the same time. When I try, I inevitably mix up the two.

Last week I attended When Words Collide in Calgary and had the opportunity to meet the extremely personable Diana Gabaldon and hear her read from the as yet unpublished ninth book in her Outlander series. What a treat.


Waiting at YVR

Which brings me to now … waiting to board a plane to Toronto and from there, points north. In addition to visiting family, I’ll be doing a reading at McKellar Public Library on Monday, August 24th at 1:30. If you’re in the neighbourhood, please stop by (701 Highway 124, McKellar, Ontario). I’ll be reading from Penance and offering a few other surprises. Come and check it out, and then check out a fishing rod and head down to the river to catch your dinner.

See you there.

The Gift Legacy books are available to borrow from the McKellar library, but if you’d like your own copy, you can pick up Penance for Kindle with one click here.

About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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5 Responses to On Festivals and Readings…

  1. Mike Grant says:

    Wow such a busy lady! Meeting Diana Gabaldon would be a highlight for me. I only read the first one (Outlander) but it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I worked in a used bookstore at the time and we had a waiting list for people wanting any of her books. A copy of Outlander came in but it was so beaten we couldn’t sell it so I took it home. Really great writing but, as I said, not my cup of tea. It’s always great to meet a successful author though…


    • JP McLean says:

      Meeting Gabaldon was definitely a highlight. It tells me a lot about the woman that she continues to make time to meet her fans and share her writing processes at these small festivals. Thanks for stopping by, Mike, and best of luck with your new release, “Barking at Yesterday’s Moon.”

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  3. gmroeder says:

    It all must have been a lot of fun – and some inspiration too. Wish I would have been there, on Denman Island as well as in Calgary. I know you’ll enjoy your reading and I wish you a successful trip.

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