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:~: Thursday, November 22, 2007 :~:

A Couple of New, Different Firsts

It's been a wild couple of weeks. I've started graduate school on top of teaching, parenting and writing, so I've been really focused on keeping my head above water. Anyone who knows me can tell you having a conversation with me lately is an interesting experience -- I'm focused, as I said, on keeping everything going, so my ability to converse is less than focused. ;-)

But, I did manage to hold myself together for two recent (and pretty darn cool) author firsts . . .

1) I signed my first copy of one of my books. It's actually a pretty neat story. I'd gone in the local bookstore because Leigh, the owner, had emailed to tell me What Mattered Most had been delivered (early, I might add!). I'd had to take Monster #2 for a checkup and while we waited for his prescriptions, we went for a coffee and a slice of Patsy's decadent chocolate cake. Afterwards, we walked next door so I could pick up a copy of Bobby Dews's book, which he was scheduled to be signing that evening. I knew I'd miss his signing.

While I was purchasing his book and talking with Leigh, in walks Mr. Dews! He was early. So we chatted about his book and Leigh mentioned I was her next booksigning. He asked to see a copy of my book and ended up buying it right there then asked me to sign it. Overall, it was a great experience -- and he was so interesting to talk to. I can't put his book down, either. He's Southern and dark and realistic. I like that.

2) I survived my first newspaper interview. I'll be featured in two local newspapers this upcoming week -- my hometown paper and the larger metro newspaper near us. Wednesday, the reporter from the metro newspaper called to conduct the interview via phone. She was really nice, asked great questions, and overall it was a fantastic experience. I'm hoping that feature comes out well. The photographer is coming out Monday to take the photo -- that makes me nervous because I am less than photogenic, y'all! There should be an online link once the article runs and I'll post that here when it does.

I'm looking forward to another first -- my first booksigning on Saturday, December 1. If you're in the south Georgia, north Florida area, drop by The Bookstore in Camilla between 10:00 and 12:00. I'd love to see you!

Y'all have a great weekend. I'm off to recover from eating too much of Mama's famous thirteen-layer chocolate cake . . .



Blogger Joan Swan said...

Congratulations on all your fabulous firsts, Lin! Wish I was close enough to be at the signing, but I'll be thinking of you and can't wait to hear how it went.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

Thanks, J. I'm thinking of dialing you from my cell while I'm there and putting you on speaker phone. ;-)

6:21 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

How cool, Lin. I can't wait to read the news link about your interview.

So much excitement happening for you these days. You deserve it. ;)

8:49 PM  

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