I am delighted to report that since my unfortunate mishap with the book signing getting cancelled, I have since had the pleasure of doing TWO book signings at local bookstores. I did one at Old Capitol Books in Monterey, and one at Friends' Community Bookstore in Marina.
While I didn't sell out, I had a great time and the people who came were engaged and asked great questions. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
Funny enough, for one of the signings, the professor of a creative writing course at a local college, offered extra credit for any students who came to the signing.
I am grateful for the experience I had of presenting. When first asked to give a 45 minute presentation, I felt a bit apprehensive, but it wasn't an issue. (No surprise for those who know me, since I have a much harder time NOT talking than I do with filling time).
Additionally, KRML interview me LIVE as part of their Pub Talks series. I thoroughly enjoyed the venue, atmosphere, and the opportunity to discuss some of my reasons for becoming an author, and my forthcoming work VIOLET INTRIGUE. You can watch the live video
Have a fantastic day/night/evening/whatever-time-of-day-it-is!
It's a strange thing, writing. It empowers you. Transports you.
It's possible that it empowered and transported me a little too much last week.
Now, I like baseball. I watched the Red Sox excessively in 2007 and 2008. But as you can tell, its been a while since I watched baseball. Matt and I have gone to a few games here and there, and sometimes when my extended family gets together, we play. I mean, everyone there remembers how funny and sad it was to witness my dad pull his hamstring. (Man, is that guy a good sport.)
While I like baseball, I'm not really experienced in it. But the book I've been working on, Violet Intrigue, features a character named Ellie, and she is a fantastic ball player. According to her dad, the best in Texas.
Now that you have the context, here is what happened. I took Adilyn, my five-year-old, to the baseball assessment. The director called over the parents and started by saying that they needed someone to volunteer to coach the teams.
By nature, I'm a bit impulsive. And hasty, And ambitious.
But I surprised even myself when my hand shot up and I shrugged before saying cooly, "I'll do it." My husband's face was priceless.
I credit the confidence the book to I just finished. I'd been spending so much time writing her character lately, that I think I forgot how little Lara knows about baseball.
Fortunately, the coach's training and mandatory 2-hours of instructional videos have also emboldened me, but I'm still a little bit nervous. By no definition am I a T-ball expert.
But hey, its a learning experience.
And I'm sure I've made Ellie Hudson very proud.