This week I had the opportunity to attend the book launch for Chantel Simmon’s
new novel, Love Struck
. Chantel and I were both journalism students at Ryerson together. She went on to be a successful magazine editor and now a bestselling author. It could not have happened to a nicer person.
Chantel’s first book, Life in Downward Dog
, was a huge success and last night her editor announced that there were already tons of pre-sales for her newest book. That doesn’t surprise me. Chantel writes the kind of books that women love to read – fun, sassy, a little silly and with wonderfully funny and flawed characters. Her blog
, which never fails to make me smile, is another great read.
She also knows how to throw one heck of a party. With teeny tiny cupcakes (I’ll admit to having one), heart-shaped ginger cookies (I’ll have to take my friend’s word that they were awesome), Barefoot wine and make-up filled pink goody bags, it was a suitably fabulous shindig. And, most importantly, it was totally representative of Chantel – sweet, fabulous, fun and brimming with pink, sparkly goodness.
The night was also a mini-reunion for me, as several other Ryerson alumni made it out. We had a great time catching up and sharing stories – it turns out several of us now work in the parenting world, though I was the only one not still working as a journalist.
The launch was a great time and a wonderfully inspiring evening. My novel is currently being read by a friend in publishing and I am even more excited about the possibility of pitching publishers and agents this year. I may not end up being as successful at it as Chantel has been, but she’s a great example of someone who did what she dreamed of doing because, well, she tried!