So this is my first post, and the first post of the 2012 Debs, as we receive the baton passed from the awesome, shiny, talented and just absolutely lovely class of 2011 Debs. Wow, these are some big shoes to fill and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m nervous about trying to live up to the legacy that Kim, Sarah, Eleanor, Elise and Tawna and all the past groups have created.
Well, I’d better just jump in.
I’m Joanne and I’m going to be your Monday Deb for this year, so I’m definitely going to try to be funny and witty so your Monday Blahs turn into Monday HA HAs. Okay, that was lame. Sorry about that. Yes, sometimes I do get corny, but people tell me that’s part of my charm. Well, my mom does, anyway.
But back to me and who I am. I’m the Canadian (eh!) representative of this year’s Debs, so I will talk a lot about pop (not soda) and the escalating cost of hydro (not electricity) and most importantly, Tim Horton’s, which incidentally originated in my home town.
My middle grade book, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, will be published by Bloomsbury Kids in June 2012. It’s not the first novel I’ve written, nor the second or even, um, the tenth. Let’s just say Joanne got a LOT of practice writing novels before she finally got it right. But I’m super happy to be here and I’ve wanted to be a Deb for a very long time. A while back, the class of 2008 took pity on me invited me to write a guest post about publishing perceptions versus publishing realities. Boy, do I know about the realities! And for anyone following along, my Snoopy pajamas wore out long before I got my book deal. True story.
As for the personal stuff about me, I’m a married DINK with a menagerie of pets that I have a feeling you’re going to get to know over the next year. Zoe is our most recent adoptee; at 8 months, this sweet little black Lab is definitely keeping us on our toes.
But isn’t she beautiful? Chester is our younger cat who adores Zoe and wants to lay and snuggle with her at every opportunity. Simon is our quiet, low-key cat, who came to us almost thirteen years ago, just days after my husband and I got married.
And then there’s Gabby, the evil bird who is definitely a cousin to Jenny Gardiner’s Graycie, if not in blood, then definitely in attitude (speaking of blood…). Don’t be fooled when you hear Gabby say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Or ask you sweetly what a dog says (and then follow up with a bark); she’s buttering you up and would gladly throw you over if you come between her and her man (my husband – she does have good taste, I’ll give her that). If you see ghastly bites on my hand, you’ll know I’ve recently made that mistake.
My weekdays are spent in an office, huddled over a computer, planning meetings, managing calendars and ordering coffee as the Executive Assistant to a bank VP. My weekends are spent huddled over a computer creating books for kids that I think I would have liked to read back in the days before mortgages and taxes were on my radar. Basically, I spend a lot of time huddled over computers; massage gift certificates always welcome.
But back to the important stuff. I’m just so excited to be here, and in the short time that I’ve had so far with Molly, Rachel, Linda and Erika, I have come to know that we’re going to have a GREAT year. I’ve got my gloves and tiara on already and am so looking forward to dancing with all of you!