Even with the pictures to prove it happened, I’m still a little amazed that I actually participated in a book tour in Germany from May 28-June 7. What a fabulous experience! The picture above is from the author festival that took place in Marburg, the home of my German publisher, Francke.
I had the honor of traveling through Germany with two other authors: Lisa Wingate and Irma Joubert. Lisa and I already knew each other from the States, having met at various writer events in Texas over the years, but neither of us knew Irma Joubert, an author from South Africa. She is the author of The Girl from the Train, the first book ever nominated for a Christy award that was not written in English. It was translated from Afrikaans. Irma is a vivacious 60-something pensioner who made me feel like I was traveling with Mary Poppins. She was always ready with a funny story to tell to make the long, daily car trips a joy. We laughed together like the best of friends all week long.
Every day we traveled to a new bookshop (often one in the afternoon and another in the evening) where we each would speak about writing and books through a local interpreter. Our program lasted about 1 1/2 hours followed by book signings. Sometimes we presented our program in the bookshops themselves, sometimes in schools, and sometimes in churches. The readers were always so warm and friendly, and the staff from the bookshops were delightful. Some of them even had us into their homes for a quick supper before we presented our talks.
We had very little time for sight-seeing, but we did sneak in a short visit to Heidelberg one morning and stopped for lunch at the quaint town of Goslar. Here are some of the photo highlights:
One of these days, I’d love to return to Germany when there is time to visit all the castles. My fairy tale loving heart fluttered with excitement every time Christian pointed one out to us from the car window. Germany must surely be the land of castles. What more could a romance author ask for?
Well . . . perhaps a sweet from the local bakery.
And just because I was thinking of Tammy (our resident door collector) as we walked through the old town of Goslar, here are my two favorite doors . . .
Which door do you like best?
What European country would you choose to visit if you could have your choice?