Today was epic–my first book signing. Preparing, I was nervous. I’ve never been one who seeks to be the center of attention; that shit comes naturally, if I’m being honest. And it’s odd; for a person who can from 0-fuck you in half a second, I thrive under pressure when it really counts. Somehow I manage to digest the anxious butterflies beating against the walls of my stomach. I must say, it was a relief that the first person who came in to see me is one of my dearest friends; I had a good fifteen minutes to relax my nerves. Plus, there were doughnuts, cookies, and iced tea. I tend to eat my feelings, so…
The Broad Street Pharmacy, where my daughter works as a pharmacy technician, has such a lovely staff, they are all like extended family, especially Nicole’s boss, Beth, and my friend, Johanna. They all took such good care of me; there was table set up for me, books displayed, and refreshments for visitors (and me, ha-ha!).
It was awesome to have my family and friends (all who were able to attend) rally around me. And the new people I met today–my heart swelled! I truly do live in a warm, supportive community. The experience raised my spirits, and was incredibly humbling.
There was one person missing who deserves recognition: Allane. My dear friend, I spoke of you ALL day. People were in love with your cover. No one left the table without hearing about the amazing Allane Sinclair.
It is a great gift to be able to share my work. One of the clerks–a sunny, good-hearted young woman–told me she knew she needed to read Magpie in August when she read the synopsis on the back cover, because her mother, too, is an alcoholic. And that’s what it’s all about for me, folks. Touching hearts, making connections, letting others know they are not alone.
Today, is a beautiful day. I am so thankful.