An event in my mother's hometown, in the company of family members and life-long friends, is the most fitting launch I could imagine for my book. I'm so grateful to my publishers for making this happen, and to the wonderful people who've supported me over the years.And the thought that there will be more events in the future, with other groups of family and friends, makes me feel very, very fortunate.
I'll be blogging in future weeks about the real Yellow Lake, and the importance this special place has had in my life.
But for today, I'd like to paraphrase a point made in November by Frank Cottrell Boyce in his brilliant SCBWI British Isles conference keynote speech. He said that an important part of being writer is paying things back--referencing the stories and books we've been lucky enough to read, and honouring the places and people we've been lucky enough to know.
I thought of "At Yellow Lake" when I heard those words. The book. The place. And all the people who've been part of both.