Yesterday was amazing.
I woke up to a flood of tweets and Facebook messages and emails. I woke up to an incredible show of support from friends from all parts of my life: people I haven’t talked to since high school graduation, college friends, writer friends, theatre friends, family, and writers and bloggers and readers all over. It was wonderful to see how many people were excited for me, were sharing in my celebration, and took the time out of their own busy days to send me a message. I was touched by how many friends went to a bookstore yesterday to buy a copy of my book and send me a picture. I just…thank you. Thank you so, so much. I hope I am as supportive of your dreams, whatever they may be.
In the afternoon, The Playwright and I went out to some bookstores! I was basically psychotic with joy. Here’s me signing stock at the Clarendon Barnes & Noble. (No, my book does not cost $249. Fortunately.)
After B&N, we went to two indie bookstores: One More Page in Falls Church and Barston’s Child’s Play in McLean. This was especially awesome because I got to chat with two of the booksellers I met at my DC dinner, Lelia and Molly! Here I am signing books at One More Page, and then standing next to Lelia’s gorgeous Breathless Reads display.
Then we backtracked to another Barnes & Noble (Seven Corners), and then we met my friends Jenn and Nikki for dinner. We had celebratory adult lemonades and I had the most amazing cauliflower mash. OM NOM. I didn’t know cauliflower could be so tasty!
THEN we went to the Tyson’s Corner Barnes & Noble, where BORN WICKED occupied some prime shelf space. For five years, I lived right down the street from this B&N, so it was especially nice to see it here.
The bookstore people kept thanking me for coming by and signing as if it was not, like, THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE TO DATE. Seriously. It turns out I LOVE signing my name in my books! It is my new favorite thing!
I’ve wanted to write books since I was a little girl, but I didn’t even dream about having it on bookstore shelves. I thought that dream was too big, too impossible. But yesterday it came true.
Thank you from the bottom of my grateful little heart to everyone who helped me along the way.