Jason Gurley

By day, I'm a user experience designer; by evenings/weekends, I write novels from my home in Scappoose, Ore. My newest is Awake in the World, published February 2019 by Roaring Brook Press; my previous novel, Eleanor, was published by Crown in 2016 and has since been translated into German, Portuguese, and Turkish. I’m currently working on a new project.

Eleanor keeps on rolling...

First up: StoryCon was phenomenal. If you aren't in the Portland area, and you missed out, well... you missed out. For most of Saturday, some 30 authors took over the Vancouver Community Library, reading from their books, having animated panel discussions, meeting readers, signing books. I had an awful lot of fun, and a bunch of people went home with signed copies of some of the last remaining self-published Eleanor paperbacks. Big hurrahs to Erik Wecks and the amazing Vancouver Library staff for such a well-orchestrated inaugural event! I'm looking forward to 2015 already. 

On the Eleanor front, there are new developments that are just... they're ridiculously exciting. With another preemptive offer, HarperCollins UK has secured the rights to Eleanor! While Crown Publishing brings the book out in the U.S., our friends on the other side of the Atlantic will have a beautiful copy of their own to have and hold. If you'd told me a year ago that this would happen, I probably would have laughed. Or perhaps asked for a time machine so I could leap forward and speed things up. 

And hot on the UK's heels, Editora Rocco has acquired the Brazil rights to the book, also with a preemptive offer. They'll be bringing Eleanor out in Portuguese, the first time any of my work will have been translated. 

This is all so completely unreal. An awful lot has happened very quickly with Eleanor these past few weeks. I'm extremely humbled by how much confidence in and excitement for the book everyone seems to have. I've tried to keep my expectations about all of this pretty low and reasonable, and I've been dumbfounded by what has actually happened so far. I'm in particular astonished by my agent and his team at The Gernert Company. Wizards and magicians, all. 

Away and back again

Eleanor will vanish on October 17