The Launch party for Never Cry Werewolf was even better than I expected.
I got to Queen Anne Books in Seattle and found a ton of friends, writing buddies, co-workers, and family waiting for me at store – and Tegan, the bookseller was so great.
Here's the signing table she had set up. My dad sent flowers from my family in Wisconsin, my mom picked up a ton of gummy worms, my aunt Dena picked up my grandpa, who’s in his 80’s and drove him down just in time for the reading.
And speaking of driving, my dear friend Danna trekked all the way from Concrete (my old town in the mountains, 2 hours away) with my friends Renata, Melia, and my very special student Emily. Emily was the one who read the first chapters of my first YA book and encouraged me to keep going since she really wanted to know what happened. Emily was in 6th grade then, and now she’s a senior in high school. Man, time flies!
I was so happy to see them, as those friends from my small town were a huge part of helping me become a writer. Renata and Danna were teachers at the elementary school, and without them requesting me to substitute their classes, it would have been hard to keep afloat while I followed my writing dreams.
Okay, so moving on -- the reading out loud part was a bit scary. Half-way through, I realized I didn’t have my glasses on. Oops. But, people seemed to enjoy it, and I made them laugh -- which is the whole point of my book, btw. NCW is a sweet, dark, comedy -- it's not trying to depress you.
And now the snacks! After the reading, we had refreshments. Here are the “full moon” brownies I baked with slices of marshmallows pressed into the tops of the batter. They were pretty yummy.
Here is our lovely bee Dona Sarkar showing up to lend her support. Dona is my critique partner and I know none of this would have happened with our her help.
Love you, D.
Finally, here I am signing… for a long time! The bookstore sold out of my book, which was super cool.
Anyway, that’s the short and sweet version of the signing. Thanks to my friend Liz Gallagher, and Tegan from the bookstore for the snaps. I hope you enjoyed the party!
Never Cry Werewolf – Sept. ‘09
The Clearing – April ‘10