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!


pamela hammonds said...

I think only another writer can understand what it must feel like to stand on the other side of the book table, to proudly display one's labor of love for all the world to enjoy. I look forward to one day having that opportunity. Maybe I'll sign my name, pass the book to you for you to add yours...

Joan Mora said...

You got it!

Anonymous said...

I plan to dye my hair purple and get several tatttoos before my book signing.

Well, okay, not really.

There was a funny link on some agent's website--to authortalk, something like that, fake interviews with authors--that kind of addressed this. Did you see it? Maybe on the Knight Agency site?

Anonymous said...

p.s. It's fun to see a new post in your blog! Yes, I realize you are using your time wisely (humph!) WRITING and stuff. But still.

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