“I started Scent of the Wild at 10:30pm. Edie has just taken off and my heart is breaking for Chet and Reggie but mostly for Ken….I disliked the fishhook necklace from the get-go! Powerful, evocative wording!”
Thank you, Susie from Charlotte, for sharing your thoughts with me. I can’t tell you how much I treasure your note.
On Saturday, October 20th, I was the Visiting Author at Macdonald Book Shop in downtown Estes Park, CO. Paula Steiner’s grandparents opened the shop 90 years ago. When her grandfather died, her grandmother sold books, tobacco and newspapers – a single mom, working to take care of her family. The shop has been in Paula’s family and in continuous operation for all these years. So it was a thrill and an honor to see my novel in the window, savor the poster they had created and meet so many visitors.
The shop was crowded and I loved chatting with each visitor. So many are writers – a journal, some poetry, book reviews, a few short stories and personal essays. If you were there, please leave a comment here. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on my novel – and any other topic!
Paula Steiner runs Macdonald Book Shop in the heart of Estes Park.
Macdonald Book Shop’s flyer in the window.
Two days ago, a letter arrived in the mail. I’m going to share a good portion of it with you because I found it tender and sweet and it touched me deeply.
The Scent of the Wild brought back so many memories of my own dysfunctional family histories – so well written – wonderful descriptions that made you aware of the personalities, feeling close enough to sense their hurts. … Those of us who love nature have the Scent of the Wild in us always. As a 4-year old evacuee from London’s blitz during WWII I often took to the moors along (Dartmoor) in wonderful south Devonshire. I felt so at home being close to the earth and seemed to identify with every small creature…just below my eyes on the ground….It amazes me how people like yourself can fill in the blanks of a wonderful plot and write so much detail…thank you again for sharing – I loved the book.
Thank you, M.M. for opening your heart and sharing with me how the novel brought memories and meaning into your thoughts and feelings. I’m so very grateful.
Tonight, at 7pm, Barb Warden and I will share our work. Barb will talk about the finiculars in Golden and read from her historical book. I’ll talk a little about my novel of abandonment, Scent of the Wild and we’ll answer questions and have fun chatting. Refreshments
Barb will discuss this historical book tonight.
will be provided and there’s lots of free parking. So come and bring a friend!
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610 10th Street (just off Ford)
Betty is one of my oldest friends – so old in fact, that we can’t remember when we met – it was that long ago. Betty’s bookclub read Scent of the Wild and invited me to come chat with them about the story. And chat we did! One reader asked if the story is literal or if it is an existential reach – wow, I guess I hadn’t thought of that. Another said how much she liked Reggie and suggested that the next novel should be about him and how his life progresses.
I made lots of notes as I keep a file on comments I’ve received via mail, email and conversations, notes which may at some point turn into Novel #2. There was no way to write down all the wonderful comments and suggestions I received from Betty’s group. And no way to express adequately how wonderful it was to be back in beautiful Charlotte with the dogwood and azaleas just bursting into bloom.
I doubt there could be a more perfect trip. Thanks, Betty, and all who turned out for bookclub. You made it fun and truly memorable for me.
Great lively conversations with these well-read women in Charlotte!
Friends, if you are ordering Scent of the Wild on Amazon, be aware that there is another Andi Pearson. I was alerted to this by a reader who ordered the wrong book! I use my full name Andi Gregory Pearson so check that and just double check that you’ve ordered Scent of the Wild either on ebooks (for your Kindle or other electronic reader) or in hard copy.
If you read the work by the other Andi Pearson (a Brit, I understand), let me know what you think.
And remember, if you want to order a hard copy of this paperback novel, send a check for $16.95 (+$2.50 shipping if needed) to me
1337 N. Ford St
Golden CO 80403
And happy reading!
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Thank you to Lisa R.
Book group fun!
and her delightful witty book group. The discussion today of Scent of the Wild was interesting and many of your comments added dimension to the story. I love that Jill thought Ken was “peaceful” by the end of the story and that Barbara felt the description of nature and the small town enhanced the fabric of the story.
If your book group is interested in reading Scent of the Wild, I’d be delighted to chat with you as you discuss the book. You can contact me at email@example.com
And you can order your copy – I’ll sign it if you like – by sending a check for $16.95 (plus $2.50 shipping if it needs to be sent to you) to 1337 North Ford Street Golden CO 80403.
Recently, Rick, an RN in Denver, ordered Scent of the Wild from Amazon. After reading the story, he wrote:
You’ve successfully pulled at several frayed strings from my life. I’ve chosen partners in my life poorly. I’ve known Edie and Noreen. How can one know in the beginning of a relationship what it’s future will hold? Then, hanging in there and “doing the right thing” counts for so little later on, and accounts for so many lost years. What buried emotional baggage causes us to continue seeking acceptance where none will ever be found?
For a work of fiction, your story reveals realities experienced across a lifetime. Very well done!
Yes, 2017 had its rocky bits but in late October, Scent of the Wild, my first novel, made its debut. For good reading in 2018, you can get a copy by sending me a check for $16.95 + $2.50 shipping. My address is 1337 N Ford St Golden CO 80403
Recently, Ruth from NC said, “I usually skip long descriptive passages but I found the descriptions of Colorado’s rugged natural beauty to be enriching to the story.”
Happy New Year.
I’m reading tonight, December 12, at the Golden Public Library on 10th Street in Golden. I’ll be there starting at 6pm and hope I’ll see you there!
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