I was pleased to see how many people attended to support the library... authors and readers alike. All genres were well represented, and readers had a large variety of books to choose from, making the choice difficult for some. One particular little girl, about ten years old or so, who spoke with me at length about her love of books, libraries and writing, pranced throughout the store, her father at her heels (smiling broadly) as she tried desperately to choose which books she would take home. The event began at 6pm and ended at 9pm... and I think she was there until the doors closed, making the difficult decisions. I can understand her dilemma... who of us hasn't been in her shoes at least a hundred times during our lifetime?!
I was also delighted to make some new author friends, and to enjoy the company of authors with whom I have shared time and space at events earlier in the year. It's always nice to see familiar faces (and book covers) at these events. These people (and their books) are my tribe, and I'm thrilled when we enjoy mutual success. Each author I spoke with on Friday said the same thing... they were going home with fewer books than when they arrived. I was one of those authors, too. Success realized! And, of course, being able to talk with readers about my books is especially enjoyable. Sharing my stories - whether people buy in that moment or not - is much like extolling the virtues of your children, and having the listeners respond with genuine interest - it never loses it's excitement.
I'm finished with book festivals and author appearances for 2016. NaNoWriMo will take up all of November, and December is always a jumble of family fun and frenetic editing of November's words. Look for me to reappear after the new year... all over Michigan and in Canada!
May your New Year be blessed with health, happiness and success... in whatever you do!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
I love being in love; writing; reading; mammals of nearly every kind, and especially micro-humans! Come enjoy my world with me - Secret Decoder Ring not required!!