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.

Publication day!

Writing this at night, after a day of massive overstimulation. Every light feels too bright, every noise too loud. My brain feels as if it can't string four words together. But I'm writing this, so clearly my brain is just a toddler that is capable of cleaning its room, but doesn't want to. Daaa-aaaad

Eleanor officially entered the world again today. The first time, of course, was June 2014, when I self-published it. This time's a wee bit bigger in scale, which is really delightful and exciting and overwhelming all at once. I told myself I'd stay off of social media today, and just enjoy the moment privately. Then I utterly failed at that. Oh, well. I suppose everyone is entitled to a day of bombarding the world with book photos and reviews and all sorts of things. I'm relatively quiet most other days. 

I took the day off of work, and Squish and I made an adventure out of it, traveling stealthily from bookstore to bookstore here in Portland, just to see the book in the wild. I fully expected this to be difficult—after all, sometimes bookstores don't have new books on the shelves right away on new release day—but it wasn't. It wasn't difficult at all. Of the six or seven bookstores we visited, only one didn't have the book on the shelf yet; what's more, in the other stores, the book wasn't just on the shelf, but displayed prominently

Squish had lots of fun posing for pictures with the book each time we found it. Lots of thumbs-ups, wild-eyed waves. I'm sure nobody noticed what we were up to.

I think she had her most fun, however, outside Powell's Books:

Lots of other little things online today to support the book launch, like this essay I wrote about the crisis of faith that led to my writing Eleanor, or this one about how both Eleanor and I have changed over the fifteen years that we spent together. There's this first-look video from Crown, featuring yours truly talking about the book; and there's also this look at how the UK version of the book cover was created (that one is due out in March). Oh, and here's a thing I wrote about the best meal I ever had (hint: first one after nearly dying!).

There's been a lot of love today for this book, and I'm so appreciative of all of it. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day—so, so long in the making—such a terrific one. 


Powell's book launch

Hanging with Ursula