My anticipated October events are over. Whew! I am exhausted but had an amazing time. I wish all of you could have been with me. I was very blessed to share my appearances with some great friends, and now I will share a bit of it with the rest of you.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, I gave my first public speech – EVER! I was terrified. I did practice and had my notes prepared, but was still sweating bullets. Yet, as nervous as I was, it ended up being tremendous fun! I was speaking at the Hanford library for the Friends of the Library Author’s Chat. It was a tremendous honor to be invited to open this year’s season and I have to again thank Gail Lucas, Sherman Lee, Wilma Humason, and Sunny Frasier for their kindness.
I have never used a microphone in my life so that was an experience as the silly thing had to be held precisely perpendicular and an inch from my mouth. So weird and yes my arms did get very tired. Nevertheless, once I got warmed up and accustomed to the strangeness of it, I had a great time chatting about my journey and my philosophy in writing this Saga. Every face in the audience was riveted to my words, nodding frequently, smiling, laughing when I hoped they would, and seemed to be happy to be there. I spoke for about 25 minutes or so then opened it to questions. That went on for about 30 minutes with loads of really great questions. I had so much fun!
Afterwards I signed books for a bunch of people and had the opportunity to meet some lovely folks. My family was there supporting me, and so were a group of my romance writer pals from the Yosemite Romance Writer’s. I was also delighted to meet my new friend Maggie face-to-face. She is a fan who lives in Visalia, only recently realizing I lived in the area! How cool is that? Her hubby got a great photo of me signing Maggie’s copies of my novels and I had to snag it. Thanks Maggie! Can’t wait to see you again. A nursing buddy I haven’t seen in several years stopped in to say hi and buy a few books. Penni, love ya! And then there is Jessica, a local hopeful writer who snuck in quietly and was too shy to say Hi but wrote me a note afterwards – Jessica, I pray we can get together someday soon.
All in all I feel it was a raging success and I think I could now give another speech without nearly dying of fright!
Saturday found me at the Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights for a joint book signing. I was one of 6 romance novelists, including fellow Sourcebooks’ writer Loucinda McGary, and a number of other local area writers. It was fantastic! I have to give a huge thanks to Mike Troyan, the manager of the B&N, for arranging it all so amazingly well and for being a fabulous guy. I wish I had gotten a photo of him! Drat it all! He really was terrific. The event was a fund raiser for the Orangevale public library in conjunction with their Friends of the Library association and I do hope they made a killing.
I spent 4 hours sitting among interesting people, visiting with my Casablanca Sister Auntie Cindy, and chatting with a ton of curious readers. This was probably the busiest B&N I have ever been in. I couldn’t believe the traffic! I was blessed to have a few fans from the area pop in to have their books signed – so cool! But I have to say the surprise of the day was when I heard my name called and looked up to see my dear friend Kathy from the Matthew Macfadyen Topix forum who drove all the way from San Francisco just to see me! I was so overwhelmed that I nearly cried! We haven’t seen each other since our wonderful excursion to LA with our Scottish friend May to watch a private showing of Frost/Nixon last year. Wow! I am still in shock and only wish we had had more time to visit. Kathy, I love you forever, my dear!
Me and Cindy (Loucinda McGary – writer of The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice)
So there you have it. My adventures in the limelight! Now I am back to the real world. LOL! I have no further signings lined up at this time or any public appearances. I’ll be sure to post anything on the website, I promise.