I'm less than one day back from my quick trip to Decatur, Illinois - I'm exhausted and have almost a bazillion things to do today, but I wanted to write a quick post to share some good things that happened while I was in the Soybean Capital of the World.
First, even though I didn't think my book, set in Placentia, would be of interest in my hometown, I contacted two of the area libraries, Decatur and Mt. Zion, to see how to get Freezer Burn on their shelves. Both head librarians, Amy in Decatur and Maria in Mt. Zion, were very pleasant to talk to, and both took all the information to order Freezer Burn. In addition, they both want me to do an author's event for them, so I'll probably be returning to Illinois in October to give a talk and sell some books. Woo hoo!
My second good thing happened when my sister-in-law, Mindy, bought a copy of my book to share with her mom, Marilyn. Mindy's folks are on a fixed income, so Marilyn took the book home with her to read first. Mindy told me several times that she and her mom like historical fiction and that mysteries aren't really in their genre, so I was expecting them to be polite and eventually tell me my book was "real nice." And I didn't expect Marilyn to read it while I was there.
The night after Marilyn took the book home, Mindy called her to ask about something else. She came into the family room and said, "I just called my mom to ask her about breakfast tomorrow and she told me, 'I can't talk right now. I'm in the middle of Gayle's book and I can't put it down.'"
She was up until 2 a.m. reading it.
I sat with her the next day at the East End Grill, where we had breakfast. It was fun to hear her tell me how much she enjoyed the book, even though she never reads anything like this. She really liked the humor that ran through it. But this is the best thing she said to me:
"I went to bed about two after reading it, but it kept running through my head, so I had to get up and find something boring to read, just so I could go to sleep."
Okay, how cool is that?
Well, I now have to run around gathering "stuff" for the launch party, most of which I'll display here and describe. Later, Peeps.