It makes me so happy to see this. 😊 These 5 out of 5s are huge, especially for indies, and ESPECIALLY for indie debuts. To anyone who’s reviewed my book or plans on doing so: thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Check out the debut coming-of-age novel that Gauraa Shekhar of Maudlin House says “occupies an important space in the psyche of American fiction,” with prose author Zach MacDonald calls “eye-opening and powerful” and says “showed the mind of a true humanist at work.”
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Spanning the late 90s to the 2010s, HERE’S WALDO is a sprawling, tragicomic novel that tracks the story of Waldo Collins, a nerdy kid born in a torn-up town in the shadow of Chicago–unincorporated Des Plaines, IL. It’s a story about what it was like to come of age as the new millennium dawned with all its irrevocable changes. A story about the family bonds we’re born with and those we create along the way, and about using humor to find light in the dark. About generational trauma and the continuation (or completion) of cycles of violence. It’s here we follow Waldo from age eight to twenty-four as he figures out his place in the world, leaves his hometown to become a writer, and ultimately comes back to face everything (and everyone) he left behind. Here’s a story of loss, love, grief, guilt, and a search for meaning. Here’s Waldo.
So I’m pretty sure this review just made my month. I can’t describe just how good it feels that someone read my book and felt this way about it. Things like this make all the years and all the struggle worth it. Thank you so much. I love you guys. ❤
I had an absolute blast at the Zoom launch party for Here’s Waldo tonight. Here’s the YouTube video for anyone who couldn’t make it! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and celebrating this with me. This is a dream come true.
I don’t even know what else to say. I am overwhelmed in the best possible way right now. What do you say when a dream comes true? Thank you so much to everyone who believed in me, who supported me and my dream, and for all the kind words and encouragement over the years as I worked on this. You can now buy my book here!
Here’s my obligatory author-signing-copies video. Had to do it. 😂 The song is “Yes I’m Changing” by Tame Impala, which was basically my theme song for the book while writing it. And yes, my cats do make a special appearance here. 😸
1. Today is my birthday! So far, 30 is pretty rad. 😊
2. In exactly one month, Here’s Waldo is coming out, and I’m doing a Zoom launch party to celebrate! It’s free, and the best birthday gift would be to see a bunch of you awesome folks sign up! 😁