|Bailey, me and Brandi|
I love the Changing Hands Bookstore and it was a special treat (and very surreal) for me to be lucky enough to sign books there and finally meet in-person, Brandi, the children's book buyer for the store. So many great people showed up--friends, old and new, my brother, and then some really cool folks who heard about Hooked, thanks to The Arizona Republic interview in the Sunday newspaper. The awesome news?! We sold out!
One of the things I stressed about most during the month of February and the weeks and months leading up to it was this: would anyone show-up to any of my events? Sugar cookies or not? Would anyone ask questions or care? Fortunately all of my stressing and sleepless nights were for naught. I was able to get my introverted-self to these bookstores and libraries and classrooms, say a few insightful things (I'd hoped) and meet a lot of great people. The best part was meeting new readers and the people behind their avatars and online personalities. It was a blast. I can't say that I'm ready to do it all over again right this very moment but next time I will enjoy it even more.
Now it's time to get back to work. I'm working on a short YA story that is due in November that I'm really having fun with, along with finishing up the research and first draft of another YA contemporary involving a Hopi teen. While it was fun to peel myself away from my laptop for a short while, it's time to get serious again about writing that next book.
Hi. How are you? I've missed you. What are you up to?