It took me 20 years, but I finally wrote for the school paper

It took me 20 years, but I finally wrote for the school paper. The article I published in the last issue of the student-run paper at my school was in response to an anonymous piece written by a student in the previous issue.

Here’s what I had to say about writing, risk, and bylines:

Last May, at the launch party for my debut novel, Giant, a friend joked,

Post Launch Anxiety

What happens after you give birth to a book?

Originally published on June 4, 2012, on www.jaelrichardson.com

My debut novel, Giant, was launched last month on a lovely, spring, midweek evening in a restaurant in Kensington Market. My nightmares did not come true. There were more than five people in attendance (besides my husband and infant daughter, my publisher, my mom and brother). I did not suffer a major wardrobe malfunction (the side zipper of my black linen dress stayed zipped despite some extra postpartum pounds). It was a wonderfully supportive event. Co-workers, friends, family, students, classmates, and acquaintances all turned out in droves