I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the news that I have another book in the works. My new contract with HarperCollins Canada arrived, fully executed, in the mail today.
I’m not writing a novel this time. This book will be creative non-fiction. (“A true story, well told” is the best definition I’ve read to describe creative non-fiction.) The working title is The Red, Forgiving Earth, and it will chronicle one year I spent living in Tanzania with my family.
Back in April I published a short memoir in Chatelaine about the experience of throwing over our lives and moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My agent called a few days after the piece appeared and asked me if I thought there was book potential in this story. After a fair bit of thought, a few conversations with Craig, and a number of back and forth drafts with my agent, I had a polished proposal. HarperCollins bought the book, based on the proposal — which is generally how it’s done with non-fiction — and so here I am.
I have a deadline of June 1, 2016, to complete a draft. Because I had to produce a detailed proposal I have an excellent outline of the book and I’m in good shape to move forward with it. The publication date has not been confirmed.
But I’ll be buried in the manuscript for the next five months, so apologies in advance for not being social. 😉