Wow. All I can say is what a night! The book launch was so much fun. And it opened a tiny window for me into my character Debbie's world because for those 90 minutes I was a celebrity, lapping up the attention and kudos.
I have to give a huge thank you to Carl Cavanagh and the Victoria Public Library for hosting the event in their community room. It was a great space with plenty of room for the 44 attendees, the book table, food tables and the podium. For any locals looking for a venue, please consider the library. Carl made the evening completely hassle-free.
I also want to thank everyone who came out and bought a book. It was amazing to meet new people, connect with old friends and bring people from the literary community together. I received so many compliments about the cover and the quality of the binding. That truly pleased me because it was one of the reasons I signed with the Porcupine's Quill. They did an excellent job on the book.
What a thrill to read excerpts from three of the stories in Plastic and to answer questions from the audience. I don't know if readers realize how exciting it is for a writer to be asked questions about the characters or the writing process. Suddenly, the world I created is real to a room full of people. What started as an idea, a wish, has taken on a life of its own and will mean something different to each person who picks up the book.
I want to thank Liz Walker for introducing me and being such a poised and polished speaker. And a huge thanks to Liam Bagley for playing guitar while people mingled. He is an up-and-coming star.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the book and the characters. You can find me on Goodreads or here on my blog.