I don't have big plans for my book birthday. I used to celebrate big time, every time...but after a while I started to feel a little chagrined, forcing my friends to celebrate each and every time. After all, do I throw them a party every time they finish a project at work?
Still, I enjoyed my book release fetes. My very first book birthday was, of course, the most exciting. I could barely believe it the first time I stopped by my local Barnes and Noble and saw Feint of Art sitting on a shelf, so shiny and pretty! A friend hosted a huge release party at her house, and we invited dozens of friends.
When my second book, Shooting Gallery, came out I rented an art gallery/bar in San Francisco and had a big party focused on art-- and wine, of course!
And with the third, Brush with Death, which is set at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, the Chapel management invited me to have my party and reading right there in the columbarium. It might sound strange to have a party in a big old mausoleum, but for a mystery writer, what could be cooler?
But it's a shame not to take some time, breathe a little, and remember that miraculous feeling of having my words wrapped up in a professional package, a lovely --and in the case of the Witchcraft books, a *glittery*-- cover, and sitting on bookstore bookshelves...where I have found so much happiness over the years as a reader. I adore reading, and still know the thrill of realizing one of my favorite authors has a book out.
|Sometimes celebration is as simple as a Ding Dong and good wine, provided by friends|
So if you're a Witchcraft mystery fan I hope you'll pick up In a Witch's Wardrobe at your earliest convenience, or request it at the library, and let me know what you think! Meanwhile...maybe I'll throw myself a mini-celebration with patient friends, and thank my lucky stars that I get to be an author.