This has been another week of wonderful things for me. On Monday I was on the phone with my publisher when he received a package. It turns out the package was none other than the proof for my novel, The Scars Between us! We quickly made arraignments for us to meet so that I could pick up the proof and start my final read through.
We met at the café in Barnes & Nobel in Chesapeake. It was exciting seeing my book for the first time. The blue was brilliant! My name stood out boldly and, my words were all nestled snuggly inside. It was a very proud “mom” moment. I felt the same when I first saw the proof for Tears of Betrayal. To see something you have worked so hard on come to life is simply …amazing!
As my publisher and I were leaving the store I had another one of those moments. You see I am scheduled for a book signing in that same store on Feb. 4th and right there in the front vestibule was a huge poster with my name on it along with a picture of the cover of my book. There was a small table in front of the poster with several of my books displayed for all to see. It was all very surreal. My quick thinking publisher, John, placed the proof for my new book on the stand in front of the poster and then snapped my picture. I must say that, in my opinion, both books look very nice sitting next to each other. (You can see the picture in the picture section here on my website.)
It was funny because my next stop was at the doctor for an appointment. When I went into the room the nurse stated that she would take my vitals last as she thought it best to let my blood pressure settle down a bit before she checked it. I am happy to report it was well within the normal range when she finally took it.
One of the strongest reactions I get from people who find out I am an author is, “how can you do it.” More than one person has wondered at the fact that my mind allows me to not only come up with a storyline but to have what it takes to actually put that story on paper, and have it make sense. The funny thing is, I understand what they are saying. I also marvel at the fact that I can do this. It amazes me of the gift I have been given and yes I do understand and agree that it is a gift, so much in fact that during the course of my read through, when I was reading and very much enjoying the book, my book. I wanted to pinch myself just to make sure it was not a dream. Then I realized it is a dream, a dream come true!