News from there, and here

Dear returning reader,

I have so much to tell you, I hardly know how to start this letter.

I want to tell you how wonderful the staff and readers are at Tattered Cover in downtown Denver, where I participated in my first official author reading and book signing. I want to tell you how heart-warming it is to be surrounded by talented authors, kind book lovers, a beautiful bookstore. I even had my uncle at my side as I signed copies of The Snow Child! It is a day I will never forget.

But I also want to tell you how much I’ve appreciated your emails, messages and tweets telling me where you have spotted The Snow Child. Here are just a few places where there have been “Snow Child sightings.”

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Hawaii
  • The Costco Connection magazine that goes out to Costco members and featured an interview with me and a review of The Snow Child this month.
  • New Mexico
  • Delaware
  • Barnes & Noble in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kodiak, Alaska
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Florida
  • Laramie, Wyoming
  • Powell’s Bookstore in Oregon
  • Pittsburg, Kansas
  • South Hadley, Massachusetts at the Odyssey Bookshop
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Oprah Magazine, February issue, Page 111 (I had to see it to believe it.)
  • Northwest Book Lovers blog
  • Idaho
  • Chicago
  • Pennsylvania
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City
  • Rome, Italy
  • Ireland
  • Corsica
  • Flagstaff, Arizona Barnes & Noble
  • Jerusalem
  • Boyd Farm in Palmer, Alaska

It’s simply amazing!

Anchorage, Alaska

But in the end, I want to tell you about my trip back home to Alaska last night. Flying out of Denver and across the United States, I suddenly felt incredibly homesick. I missed my family, my house, my dog, my normal life. But it was something more, something I couldn’t quite identify. I stared out the window, over the endless checkerboard of cities and farmland.

It wasn’t until the airplane crested the Chugach Mountains here in Alaska that I was able to understand a little more of my homesickness.

As I watched out the window, it seemed as if the snowy peaks would scrape the bottom of the airplane, and once we cleared them, Anchorage appeared as a small clump of lights surrounded by swaths of dark wilderness. The plane began to descend and circle out over Cook Inlet, where massive sheets of ice floated on the salt water. The captain reported that it was 2 below zero with a slight wind.

I can’t count how many times I have watched that view come into focus. But it didn’t stop me from taking in a quiet gasp.

This place is exhilarating. And I had missed it.






13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Davis
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 12:22:51

    Lovely post there is certainly no place like home ( to pinch a phrase from the wizard of oz). All those wonderful sightings you must be so excited

  2. nana
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 13:10:23

    Wow…look at how many “Snow Child sightings” !!!
    My city is there too 🙂
    I know you just got back home, but I still hope you will come over for a signing tour soon. xx
    PS. Anchorage looks amazing *sigh*

  3. Chickaloon Jenny
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:07:16

    Welcome home.

    I wonder if Adrian will see “The Snow Child” in Thailand.

    See you February 1st.

  4. Marilyn Newcomer
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 18:04:17

    A friend on mine (and yours) gave me a copy of your book. I LOVE IT. I cannot put it down. I will finish it tomorrow and share it with my other friends. You have shown a very special talent and a God given gift of drawing others into your world. I will be watching for other books from you.

  5. Nancy B.
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 19:47:08

    And one more sighting……it’s at your very local library!

    Welcome home Eowyn!

  6. judydiaz40
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:09:23

    Hi Eowyn this is Judy from Bell, Florida, I love the picture from Anchorage, Alaska its “SPECTACULAR” Love your “Letters from Alaska”. Well i will let you know that i already bought my book from Amazon i thought i wanted the book in spanish but they are out of stock and i dont think i could wait that long, so i bought the Kindle edition to read it online, so soon ill start reading my “Snow Child”

  7. Sue Mathis
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:35:40

    I haven’t had time to stop down at the bookstore to pick up the copies of The Snow Child I ordered, so I hope I can get them at the book signing Feb. 1st. Then there will be a copy in Swanzey, NH, where one of my oldest friends lives. She and I have been sending books we love back and forth for years. She is looking forward to getting her copy (signed) and asked me not to wait too long before putting it in the mail. BTW – did you see the latest edition of Make-A-Scene? The Snow Child is on the front cover!

  8. Vivian Faith Prescott
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 06:25:46

    Strange things happen. While you were gone from Alaska, the snow started to melt!:)

  9. Gail Niebrugge
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 08:32:47

    You are entering a new phase of your life, it will never be the same again. Well deserved success. Your fan, Gail

  10. Annie Philbrick
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:40:40

    You are in our window as well, Bank Square Books, Mystic CT. Good to meet you at Wi7 and LOVE your book.. It is a staff pick and a tall pile.

  11. Betsy Ashton
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:24:44

    Great review of The Snow Child in Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA. I’ll be on the lookout for the book itself in local bookstores. I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Joe
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 07:18:48

    I see my Baltimore listing made it. I finished reading The Snow Child on Monday and loved it. Already recommended it to several friends. Hopefully a Baltimore-DC area bookstore event will be added to your book tour in the future. Also very jealous of the Anchorage scenery. Visiting Alaska is on my bucket list.

  13. Valérie
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:35:48

    And you are the book of the month on!

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