Meet Carley Fortune: An Evening of Stories and Success on Her Book Tour

By: Graeme, June 1st, 2024 4:06 pm.

Carley Fortune, the Canadian author of Meet Me At the Lake, is doing a book tour to promote her new novel Ths Summer Will Be Different.

The book tour started in Toronto on May 21st, 2024, at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Carley then travelled to Ottawa and Halifax for a book signing and still has some dates left on tour, which are listed later in this article.

Book Notification attended the event in Toronto. It was a time of celebration for Carley, as her new novel was the top-selling novel in Canada for that week and was also on the New York Times bestseller list.

Meredith Shaw, who co-hosts Breakfast Television in Canada and also hosts the radio show The Feel Good Brunch, hosted this Conversation with Carley Fortune.

The conversation lasted an hour, with 45 minutes of Carley and Meredith discussing the new book and other topics, followed by 15 minutes of author questions.

Carley opened the talk by discussing her writing process for this book. Writing her second novel, Meet Me At The Lake, had been challenging, and she wanted it to be different this time. Her family would leave for the day, and she would blast Taylor Swift through the house, doing her chores and getting into a better headspace, helping her find joy in her day-to-day work.

Her aim with the novel was to deliver a book that transported the reader, felt like a thrill ride, and would leave them with a grin on their face. And for those wondering – she is a big fan of The Tortured Poets Department and feels it’s the perfect “play in the car” album.

Following the discussion on her writing process, Carley delved into her journey of becoming an author.

Carley next discussed becoming an author and writing her first book. She studied journalism at school and loved writing fiction when she was a kid, but she didn’t think being an author was a realistic job.

Then one day, out at the cottage, she finished a bad work call and slammed the phone down out of frustration. And there and then, she decided she would write a book, finish it, and prove to herself that she could do it. She didn’t intend to publish it but just wanted to accomplish the goal of writing it.

That book, of course, was eventually published as Every Summer After, a New York Times Bestseller.

Carley next went into detail about the second book she started writing. Every Summer After wasn’t published yet, but she did have an editor, an agent, a publishing team and a deadline. She had recently given birth to her second son, and her mental health was not good; she had extreme anxiety and thought the first book was a fluke. Carley openly discussed suffering from imposter syndrome.

She then said the first draft was returned to her, and she had to throw half of it out. Then, she only had two months to essentially rewrite the book. But she was able to put her head down, do her work, and come out of the process stronger.

This was an extremely open and honest discussion from Carley, and it was fascinating to hear about the struggles writers go through behind the scenes.

Carley discussed the new novel This Summer Will Be Different and how it was inspired by a trip she took with her best friend Meredith 20 years ago to Prince Edward Island. There was a lot of discussion on the book and some aspects of the plot, and Carley read a little from the novel.

Carley was asked who she pictures as the characters of the books. Interestingly, she says she doesn’t picture particular people; it’s just a blank, fuzzy face. That way, the reader can create their own pictures of the characters and how they look.

During the audience questions, Carley was asked about other destinations in Canada where she would like her books to take place.

She revealed she is working on her fourth book, which takes place in one location in Canada but couldn’t say where. She said she would like to set a book on the West Coast as she has lived in Victoria, British Columbia, for a year.

Carley was asked who she would cast in specific roles if her books were adapted. She said she is bad at this game, but Jonathan Bailey would probably fit for the character Felix. She also joked she’d love to have Harry Styles cast in a role so that she could find herself in a room with Harry.

Overall, it was a very entertaining and insightful event. The time flew by, and it was great seeing Carley’s passion for her books. Meredith also did an excellent job as the host. The two had incredible chemistry, and you could listen to them chat for hours.

Carley Fortune will be appearing in the following locations this month:

  • June 17th: Cornado, CA – Coronado Performing Arts Center
  • June 18th: Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble at The Grove
  • June 20th: Scottsdale, AZ – The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
  • June 21st: St. Louis, MO – Kirkwood Performing Arts Center
  • June 23rd:Calgary, AB – Patricia Whelan Performance Hall

For ticket information, visit Carley’s website.

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