It was a total delight!
|Photo by Samantha, owner of Sugar Island Bakery|
Harley was invited too!
|Photo by Samantha|
Donald and Harley and I are back home in Boone now after a week at Topsail Island (which I'll be writing all about a little later - with loads of pictures. Some pretty great pictures, actually!).
A week capped off by getting to spend some time signing books before hitting the road home this morning.
If it had not been for the long drive back home, I could have stayed right there and played with everyone all day.
There were a lot of things happening, a lot of cool things on sale from some pretty awesome artists and artisans that Samantha (Queen of Sugar Island!) invited to participate. I was honored to be among them.
As it was, I was pleased as punch with the number of books I sold during the hour I was there. Harley was over the moon happy with the number of books he sold also.
And we both left a few books for Samantha to put on the shelf.
She let me know this evening that she sold every one of them.
I've talked here often about how much I love Topsail Island - and is it any wonder?
Topsail Island loves my "Whimsey".
Donald and Harley and I are not Topsail locals.
We're only there once a year - twice when we're able.
And yet, we've been made to feel like a part of a pretty amazing community.
I'm not going to gain any friends by saying this, but since I'm on a mission of truth lately, here's the facts - I have two hometowns: Cambridge, MD where I was born and raised, and Boone, NC where we now live.
Neither of those places has shown "Whimsey: A Novel" the kind of support Topsail Island has.
Both have had me for signings.
Both carry my book (and Harley's).
I can walk into a shop on Topsail and someone is going to say, "aren't you the writer? I've read your book - I love it!"
It happens on Topsail Island.
and it makes me happy.
It does not, however, happen much in Boone, the small town where I've lived for 20 years.
And a lot of people I've known my whole life in the small town of Cambridge seem to not even know (or care) I've written so much as a grocery list.
(You know - it felt good to get that off my chest)
Check out Topsail Island - they love writers.
They appreciate creativity of all sorts.
And you know, it's damn nice feeling appreciated from time to time, I'm here to tell you.