|Shannon as Callie, Fran as Fran, Barbie as Jane|
Since that first one in 2007, I've enjoyed signings in lots of places. They were all fun and they all gave me the opportunity to visit with some wonderful people. Today I want to share just a few of those events.
My first book was written after I retired from teaching. At a signing at The Happy Bookseller (an indie that has closed and is dearly missed) a group of my former colleagues attended as a group. That was a special treat for me.
So booksignings were always fun experiences, but as the cliche goes, you ain't seen nothing yet! The McCormick, SC, Friends of the Library invited me to speak and sign books with a reception following the talk. Imagine my surprise when I stepped into the auditorium and saw a closed casket, complete with casket spray, in front of the podium! My protagonist, Callie Parrish, works as a cosmetician for Middleton's Mortuary. Friends of the Library were stationed around the room role-playing characters from the Callie Parrish mysteries.
The lady who portrayed Jane was sitting at a desk with a telephone. Of course she wore a red wig and dark glasses. A Victoria's Secret bag by her side spilled out all kinds of lingerie, especially Dixon's favorite color--sheer. Jane is Callie's BFF. She's visually impaired, or as Callie says, "to call a spade a flippin' shovel, she's totally blind." Leigh, you'll be glad to know that Jane gives up her wicked ways in the fifth book due out in spring, 2013. No, she hasn't quit her job as a telephone "fantasy actress," but she does stop shoplifting at Victoria's Secret and promise the sheriff she's quit for good.
|Another great thing about book signings is |
meeting fantastic young authors like
Heidi W. Durrow, winner of many prizes
including Amazon Best Book of the Month
in February,2010, for her first novel,
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.
|My number one fan who is|
always at my signings is
my grandson, Aeden.
When I used to book rock 'n roll bands, we joked about someday being so famous that fans asked them to sign various body parts. I've been told, "Write your name right here," by folks who handed me a cocktail napkin, but not on any body parts (yet!)
What about you? Got any stories to share about book signings or launch parties? Or any ideas for my next one?
Until we meet again...take care of you!