Last week was BIZZ-EEE! First, I celebrated the release of my new book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park, at my local bookstore. This book launch is my big event of the year—my night to feel almost like a celebrity with a big crowd to cheer me on. If you were to study this crowd closely—or the photo slideshow I play while people are arriving—you would see that many of these same people attend year after year. Most of them I know personally—from my church, Curves, my kids’ schools, the local Jane Austen Society, book clubs I have visited—along with relatives, girlfriends, and past co-workers. I am blessed with the best friends ever and the most supportive church family! I also met several new people who are just discovering my books. And that was oh-so-satisfying as well.
This year, I gave a brief talk about the inspiration for the new book, and showed an “on location” video of the English manor house and church we visited that inspired fictional Pembrooke Park. It was a fun night.
After recovering from this big event, it was time to pack for a trip to Utah, for a mini out-of-state book tour. There, I gave a few more book talks and had several signings. I enjoyed meeting new readers as well as long-time fans. Of course I loved it when a few ladies showed up with their entire collection of Julie Klassen novels for me to sign!
I also loved meeting several gracious, helpful booksellers, and having dinner with fellow-Regency author Julianne Donaldson. It was also great to spend time with my agent, Wendy Lawton, and her husband Keith, who drove out from California to be with me, as well as industry legends Ted and Marietta Terry, who showed us around and treated us to wonderful meals. I was blessed just to be in their company.
It was a good, but exhausting week for this introvert. Now I am home and enjoying a little “absence makes the heart grow fonder” glow at being reunited with my husband and sons. What’s keeping you busy this week?