Alrighty then. Today, my youngest celebrates her 12th birthday...which translates to one more year before all of them are teenagers.
While my oldest enjoys video games and playing his bass, and the middle child..well...she enjoys just about everything- my "baby girl"..she is ALL MINE!
Monkey, as i call her, is a voracious reader. She loves her Kindle, loves used books, loves new books...I think I caught her with a dictionary just last week... That being said- I have found her the VERY BEST birthday gift a Mama could give...
I'm taking her with me to UtopYA in June.
I'd thought about getting a display table, some place where I could put out my books and what swag i had, for passersby to browse, to ask questions. And while I fully understand that by attending as a fan probably won't help my career any, I think it is far more important to go "BookOut" as my baby calls it. She's looking forward to breathing the same air as some of her favorite authors. How cool is that?
I think we, authors that is, adore any fans we have. We love hearing that folks read our books- bonus points to those who loved them. We all began as readers. Maybe there was a particular genre we gravitated toward? An author that caught our attention from page one?
I see this sort of excitement on my Monkey's face when she talks about UtopYA. She has even begun writing her own fanfiction! That is AWESOME!
So, if you'll be in Nashville in June, be on the lookout for me and an extremely tall 12 year old who will probably be oogling all the great books. But...be not alarmed- she is merely a rabid fan! If you notice her- make sure to give her a quick wave, or a "Hello Monkey!" You'll make her day!
Until next time- HAPPY READING!!