As promised/heralded/previously announced, I’m blogging for Penguin this week.
Below is the beginning of today’s blog, with a link to the full-meal deal. More to follow, really this time, because they asked and I told them I’d do it and so set the alarm for 5:30am and, voila, it’s amazing what committed deadlines can do for productivity.
But I digress. Here we go. Hot off the proverbial press:
Hello out there—
I am so pleased to be blogging for Penguin this week. It feels a bit surreal: to set the scene, it is just before 6 am in Victoria, British Columbia, where I live, and my cat is circling my chair, meowing furiously, desperate to be on my lap.
Victoria is a small city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island—a peninsula on an island is how locals describe it. Basically, to get here you travel west across Canada: further, further, further still.
When you hit the Pacific Ocean, you keep going. And then here we are, an island about the size of New Jersey, most of it remote in a brown bear, cougar kind of way, and then some of it filled with really good coffee shops and 1950s ranch homes.
I think that sums it up.
All this is a long way from Boro Park, Brooklyn, where my novel, Sima’s Undergarments for Women, which will be released in paperback next week, is set.
Read the rest here.