So I know it’s not cool to say “own voice writer” anymore these days, but we have to give credit to the Native writers writing from inside our own tribal communities. It doesn’t happen as often as you might think. And you know what happens even less? When a debut Native writer from inside his tribally specific and historically targeted community gets a little recognition.
It’s not easy writing about yourself. It’s awkward. It can come off as egotistical. The shameless self promotion. I apologize, truly, for any of those vibes that may come out of this post. Honestly, it can be rough waters out there for any debut author, and we try to find small ways to get our novels into the hands of would-be fans.
Plus, we work years and years, toiling over words and living deep inside our imaginations to bring readers a vivid, entertaining, and sometimes eyeopening story. My debut novel, CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE, has been 14 years in the making. The earliest chapter was written back in 2008, and the debut will hit shelves on July 26, 2022. That’s a long journey. We work hard on these projects and are eager to find readers to entertain.
Then we have good news to share and want to tell anyone who’s willing to listen. That’s part of the reason I’m writing this post. The debut has been honored with “most anticipated” and “highly anticipated” or “key debut” and I’m excited to share the wonderful news. Check out the list below:
- Library Journal (Key Literary Debut 2022)
- Goodreads (Highly Anticipated Debut 2022)
- Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch (Buzz Worthy Book 2022)
- Book Page (Most Anticipated Fiction 2022)
- Bookshop (Most Anticipated Book 2022)
- Bookish by NetGalley (Highly Anticipated Book 2022)
- Changing Hands Bookstore (Most Anticipated Book 2022)
Now if you’ll let me share with you a description of the novel:
A moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction.
Told in a series of voices, Calling for a Blanket Dance takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they face myriad obstacles. His father’s injury at the hands of corrupt police, his mother’s struggle to hold on to her job and care for her husband, the constant resettlement of the family, and the legacy of centuries of injustice all intensify Ever’s bottled-up rage. Meanwhile, all of Ever’s relatives have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother urges the family to move across Oklahoma to find security; his grandfather hopes to reunite him with his heritage through traditional gourd dances; his Kiowa cousin reminds him that he’s connected to an ancestral past. And once an adult, Ever must take the strength given to him by his relatives to save not only himself but also the next generation of family.
How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t given him a place to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle found his way to home.
If my debut sounds like something you’d like to check out, please reach out to your local bookstore and ask them to carry copies of CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE. You can also preorder at your favorite online retailer:
To learn more about who I am and where I come from, feel free to peruse my website, read a few blog posts, and check out my social media. I’m most active on Twitter, but I’m trying to find more time on Instagram. I’ve recently made a TikTok but I’m still learning the ropes (so I apologize if my TikToks are a little crude).
Thank you for hearing out a nothing-little-Native from small-town Oklahoma. I hope you get a chance to read my debut and dive into Ever Geimausaddle’s eclectic world. If you have a moment, drop a line in the comments below. I’m always happy to answer any questions and talk shop.