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The Wallflower Confessions

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1. Be nice to me. It’s my first time.

No Beautiful Shore is my first work of fiction. Publishing your first story is a big deal for any writer, but for someone who is terminally shy it’s terrifying. Publishing implies that someone will want to hear what you have to say, but I’ve never had the relevant body parts to imagine that someone would want to read what I made up.

Now, however, I am exposed. I am outed as a writer. And you know what? I am thinking that writing is probably the best outlet for wallflowers like me. Writers get to be the centre of attention without being the centre of attention. We get to say our bit without having some short, blond girl with a perky nose look away bored, just to put us in our place.

I am a wallflower. If anyone out there thinks you ever move beyond high school, I am sorry to have to burst your bubble. Grade nine is a life-long event and I know my role in it.

So here begins my Wallflower Confessions. Stay tuned as I attempt to entertain you with stories of my adventures in publishing and my efforts not to blend into the literary background.

Think of this blog as my diary entries over the first 4 months after the publication of No Beautiful Shore.

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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