Back from a couple of weeks on the road with two of my wonderful writing friends, talking books and meeting booksellers and readers all over the south and southwest. Happy to be back - need to counteract all the fried food and bourbon i managed to put away - but thought i'd share a few highlights:
First of all, I was very blessed to travel with two of my favorite people, JT Ellison for the first week of my tour and Juliet Blackwell for the latter.
me and JT "getting ready" for an event
Juliet with fellow authors Donis Casey and Betty Webb
We visited bookshops....
me and JT at Reading Rock in Georgia
Gave workshops....a standing-room-only presentation of Finish That Book with Juliet and our friend Graham Brown
And visited with fellow authors.hanging out with Craig Johnson, Cara Black, and Josh Bazell
I made some new friends...
This gentleman traveled from North Carolina all the way to the Tucson Festival of Books, with AFTERTIME in tow!
What can I say? I do love the wild ones :)
And as in every tour, some of my most cherished moments were the completely unexpected ones:
Triage at WalMart - suffering from book tour injuries
The WORST chinese food i ever had, with Juliet in Tucson - how we laughed!
The night we got ourselves accidentally locked into a football stadium... (don't ask)
and last but not least, a wonderful thing happened when JT and I showed up at Mysteries and More in Nashville. Mary and Greg, the proprietors, said they had a little surprise for me in back. It was none other than my dad and his wife Judy, who had driven hours and hours to surprise me. I was touched and, believe it or not, almost too dumbstruck to talk books!!