Every one of my book launches holds a special place in my heart but I have to say that this was one of the most memorable.
The people who came were a beautiful and moving snapshot of my life at the moment: from Christine, who helps me with my groceries at Hannaford (and is endlessly patient when I arrive late for my slot); to dear Melyssa, the Site Director of my girls’ daycare and a member of our family; to Tennessee’s 38 week pregnant dance teacher, Caitlin, alongside The Queen (Cindy, owner of the CDA) and Gracie and Barb, part of my CDA family; to three of my favourite librarians (Linda, Nancy and Karla); to our amazing Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Sarah and her wife; to some of my dearest writing friends (Katherine WW; Margaret, Marjorie); to Leo who’s 74 and walks around campus every day and has read every one of my books (and admitted to liking YA!); to the Gibson’s team extraordinaire (Michael, Elisabeth, Ryan – if they were running the world in the way they run this bookstore it would be a beautiful, beautiful place). There were of course, many, many more kind souls who resisted the lure of lake and beach for books: I’d mention you all but this post would go on forever – you know who you are and you’re wonderful.
I am so grateful to everyone who came to support me – and who were super patient when I had to dash off and nurse Willoughby!
Oh, dear, refusing-a-bottle Willoughby. He did well until the Q&A session when I had to escape to feed him. Nursing a 4 month old, standing up in the Gibson’s rest room was all time high in my mothering experiences! It was so special to have Willoughby there with me, though – his first book launch. And Hugh too, of course, faithful as ever. And lovely Miss Abby who gave the girls a lovely afternoon at home. It really does take a village – not just to raise a child but simply to live in the world.
My hope is that 𝘈𝘴 𝘍𝘢𝘳 𝘈𝘴 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴 reaches readers, young and old and in-between, and touches their hearts. It was a hard book to write (balancing falling in love and grieving) but an important one, I think.
Now back to editing the next novel!
Much love to you all and deep thanks for your support,