I did the signing with my friend Sharon Dunn. Sharon and I attend a brainstorming retreat with other Christian writers once a year, and it was great seeing her again!
But before I tell you about the signing, I have to tell you about the drive over. Bozeman is 5 1/2 hours away. I visited with my husband for the first hour, then I got out my notebook computer. I’m not sure how long I wrote, but I was “in the zone.” Yes, the car was zooming down the Montana highways, but I was in Spain and Germany dealing with my main Nazi dude and all his sorted issues.
I typed and typed. We stopped for coffee (the nearest Starbucks is 2 1/2 hours), and I typed some more. By the time my brain got tired, I’d written over 4,000 words. No joke!
I told my husband that I’d have to plan more out-of-town trips. No phone. No interruptions from kids (they stayed home). No email, MySpace, or blogs (yes, they are my weakness!). It was great to get so much written. And then, because I couldn’t read my research books anyway, John and I chatted the whole way home.
The booksigning went well too. My assistant Amy made homemade cookies and brownies for me to take. They were soooo yummy. Sharon brought treats too.
We had a great set-up in the center of the store. We had free coffee and treats, and for for about the first 30 minutes hardly anyone stopped by. In fact, they would steer around us, sure we would pounce on them or something if they neared. (I don’t think I look too scary 🙂
After a while though people started coming by. Maybe they decided we weren’t very big threats? I’m not sure how many books I sold, but people loved hearing about the true stories behind my novels. Once I started telling them about the veterans I interviewed, they were hooked–they wanted to read the novels.
Over all, hopefully I picked up a few readers and hopefully the bookstore workers will stock more of my books. What more could I ask for?
So, how about you. If you see an author signing in a store, what do you do? Do you approach them, steer away, or would you at least come near enough to snag a tasty treat?