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Monday, January 16, 2006

Connecting

I'm reading this "recent release" I checked out from the library. I won't tell you the name of the book, cause...I'm struggling to get through the first chapter and I mean struggling! I thought I was checking out a book about a group of people stranded on an Island, kind of like Survivor (where the author couldn't go wrong, cause I'm a huge Survivor fan). Anyway, this woman is murdered and is telling about herself; her childhood, her death, her funeral, she even describes her coffin. Okay, I'm ready for the story to begin. WHERE ARE THE STRANDED PEOPLE!?

Anyway, what helps you connect with the characters? What keeps you turning the pages?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Booksigning

Had my booksigning yesterday at the local Barnes and Noble, along with seven other authors. I was top seller! Even the manager of the store bought a book. One lady rushed up to the table, said, "I heard you are up and coming and I want to buy your first book."

I asked her where she'd heard my name and she answered, "I won't tell you. I just want to buy a signed copy of your first book."

Although it was a surprise, I loved it. This type of thing is happening to me more and more and send me for a loop everytime. But, what a loop!

Another thing that surprised me was how many people came up to me just to let me know they were, or wanted to, write a book and who was my publisher. One lady must have went on for five minutes. I finally told her, in as nice a way as an exasperated Irish girl can, that she just needed to put pen to paper and write. Worry about the other details later. Her eyes widened and several seconds later she giggled and said, "Or fingers to keyboard?"

Selling copies of my books was great, but if I encouraged just one person to finish that book they've always wanted to write, my day was extremely fruitful. God is good!