Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Star Author

This post is way over due. The good news is that I've been diligently writing and will make my (new) deadline for finishing The Bodley Boys by May 1. And, my writing partner, Pamela, and I are progressing in our fun novel, Center Court Seats and a Pair of Jimmy Choos. We're cracking each other up and hope others will laugh too!

I'd like to share a story about my encounter with a star. About a month ago, while I browsed at the Barnes & Noble at NorthPark, an author autographed books at the center aisle. Interesting. I leaned over to see the name. Only the author of one of my favorite books, The Passion of Artemesia. I couldn't have been more excited if Emma Thompson or Meryl Streep had showed up. (George Clooney or Johnny Depp, another matter entirely).

After looking around to see if someone was playing a joke on me, I asked, "You're Susan Vreeland?" I blabbed something about how I loved her writing and she thanked me. We talked about her other books and she pointed me to a copy of The Forest Lover she'd just signed. Of course, I bought it. I wished her other three novels sitting at home on my bookshelf would miraculously appear in my hands for autographing.

On the way home, I called Pamela and screamed in her ear. Most people would have humored me and let me rant. But Pamela understood! I'd met a star author!

I wrote Ms. Vreeland a note a few weeks later, to tell her how much I enjoyed meeting her. She wrote back and wished me well with my own writing!

One day, if I get the chance to sign books at Barnes & Noble, I'll be kind and approachable too. I swear I will, just give me the chance!