In My Words: Celebrating Friendships & My Debut Novel
Look carefully at that photo and you’ll see I’m holding 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 stars! And while I’m committed to unhitching my wagon from the stars — not making my writing career about reviews — I will treasure those 5 stars forever.
I am blessed — yep, blessed is the absolutely best word — to be part of the My Book Therapy leadership team. And on the day my novel Wish You Were Here debuted, I was with bestselling authors Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck and the team at a retreat in South Carolina. (Waving at Lisa, Michelle, Edie, Melissa, Alena and Reba.)
Let’s just say they know how to celebrate a debut author.
It started with Rachel finding my book at a Barnes and Noble near Charleston on April 30 –after I assured her it wouldn’t be on the shelf yet. Watching Rachel run toward me, holding my book and grinning from ear to ear. And then Reba announced it to everyone sitting in the Starbucks section that I was the author of the book. People cheered and applauded and Rachel told me to sign the book — and I did. (She told me to!)
The next day (May 1), the team surprised me with a postcard-themed lunch, complete with postcards from their home states and a world map (in honor of Daniel, the hero of WYWH), and those beautiful, bold 5 stars.
What do those stars signify for me?
I’m home now and looking forward to some more fun: a book launch party this Saturday! There’ll be wedding cake and some fun prizes, including a stuffed llama and a copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama, a photo shoot with Lisa Anne Photography and a set of Thomas Mangelsen nature photography cards.
In Your words: Had any fun celebrations lately? Who’s on your team?
**Had to include this last photo. It’s me and a “faux” llama because it’s actually an alpaca. But my friends saw it at the Marketplace in Charleston and said, “Quick, get a picture with the llama!” If you’ve read Wish You Were Here, you understand. **0 I like this!