My book signing at the LaGrange Bookworm on Saturday oh yes, Happy belated Valentine’s Day! was a wonderful experience. The store wasn’t very busy but hey, it was a used bookstore. That of course means there were thousands of books to browse through while waiting for customers to come in.
I enjoyed getting to talk with the people who owned the bookstore (thank you for your amazing hospitality!) and they even gave me a cute little Valentine’s Day bear.
I have been pondering the idea of having one of my character’s aunt own a used bookstore, so I spent a lot of time asking questions and just wandering around the store, envisioning how I would incorporate such a setting into my book. Although come to think of it, maybe bookstores are a little over used in my writing since they’re already in two of my books. I guess y’all can tell what kind of stores I like.
I’m home! Happy, happy words. I’m so happy and amazed and excited (ya know, all those good kinds of things) to be back home. We planned on coming on tomorrow, but due to a winter storm we decided to cut our visit to my sister’s family short. We arrived at their house around 8:30 yesterday evening and then left at 11:00 pm. After driving through the night we arrived at our house at 5:00 this morning. It was a last-minute change of plans and even though it was disappointing to not get to spend more time with my nieces and nephews, it is so good to be back home after 37 memory-filled days.
It was also wonderful getting to meet all the customers who came in. I had a lot of fun telling them about my books and hearing about the kids they were planning on giving the books to. It’s rather thrilling to imagine kids across the United States actually reading my books and enjoying them.
The low amount of traffic at the bookstore, and hence the book signing, might have been discouraging except I knew what to expect. I went into the book signing with the idea of using it as practice and being a blessing to those who were there. I haven’t set up many book signings on my own yet, but every time I do I get a little bit more comfortable with the process. Plus giving a succinct answer when someone asks what my books are about is something I’m still working on so it’s helpful to practice when I’m not busy.
I’m excited to see what kind of book signings I’ll end up doing during the rest of this year!
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And now that I’m back home I’m excited to dive back into the world of blogging and hopefully get back on schedule. Y’all, it’s amazing to be sitting here in my office on my writing chair with my rat on my shoulder and connect with y’all again. I’d be delighted to hear about what you’ve been up to. 🙂