It started with sketching out a couple of scenes while I was attending UBC. Years later, I wrote more scenes and stitched them together into a novel and met many obstacles to get it published. Some were self-inflicted. Some were not.
I reworked it over and over again; I submitted it over and over again. There were many tears and I almost gave up on it entirely at one point because I felt like I had completely failed. Finally, I decided to set it aside..for how long…I wasn’t sure. I’d pull it out here and there and work on it, but something just wasn’t clicking. Today, looking back on it all, I’m super grateful for the obstacles and the time away from the book because that’s how I fell into making films! Which I LOVE SO MUCH.
Life isn’t linear. It expands in all sorts of directions. Life, if anything, is a constellation, which is far more beautiful not just to look at, but also to experience, than a straight line.
After completing my first feature film, The Tree Inside, I was able to see the novel with fresh eyes because the making and editing of the film was such a huge lesson in story and structure for me.
Today, I’m thrilled to officially announce that my novel, Running Through Sprinklers, was picked up by Simon & Schuster in NYC (imprint: Atheneum) and is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2018.
Much love and my deepest gratitude to all who supported me on this journey. Also huge thanks to my agent, Sam Hiyate, and his team at the The Rights Factory, for making this possible. Sorry that this is a bit long-winded and a bit woo woo but I’m a little emotional. Details of the deal are here. Don’t ever give up on your dreams.
Photo credit (for me): Farrah Aviva Photography