I had another great book signing at Hastings (many thanks to David and the crew) in Enid, again last night. My newest novel, Secrets of Sandhill Island, is making a splash (no pun intended). I saw so many people – some I knew and some I met for the first time. I love having a book signing in my own hometown. Friends come out because they know I write – or maybe it had something to do with the wonderful article in the Enid News and Eagle http://www.enidnews.com/news/author-holding-book-signing-saturday/article_2685f020-b89a-11e4-9e67-fb3d965c2579.html.
My first sale was my previous book The Apocalypse Sucks purchased by a twelve-year-old boy. I told his mother it was not a kid’s book but he was so attracted to the cover that I think that sealed the deal. She said he was an avid reader and read on a much higher level than most his age. It is heartwarming to see parents out with their kids on Saturday night buying them books and renting movies together. You know these young people are headed in the right direction with a good home base like that.
Some of my friends were aware of the book signing and came out to support me, like The Enid Writers Club, but others I just bumped into out for the evening. Some had been waiting patiently for the book, others just happened onto the scene. But I enjoyed it more than I can say.
I talked to an oilfield worker just off the rig that was about to lose his job this week due to the slowdown in the industry. Everyone had their story. But literature is a common denominator for all people everywhere. The escape provided by a good story is needed by most everyone at one time or another.
I wish to thank all the people who bought Secrets of Sandhill Island and The Apocalypse Sucks. I left with only one book in my bag, but I have more on order. My hope is that everyone who took a book home enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Read on!