Monday, July 21, 2008

I Could Get Used to This!

For the second weekend in a row I've had a book signing with great results. I could really get used to this! This past Saturday, I was in Castine, Maine at the Compass Rose Bookstore. Sharon, the owner, has sold more books there than any other bookstore Eyes of Garnet resides in. I have now become the bestselling author in Castine! (Hey, I'm taking any award I can get at this point!)

Now, Castine is pivotal in Sightless, as this town is what was known as Pentagoët, where Cat and Greame have settled. Technically, Brooksville is where they built their settlement, but before Brooksville became a town in the early 1800's, all of the area in Sightless was know as Castine/Pentagoët. From what I've researched, a town was only considered such when a church was established in it.

Then to round out the weekend, my husband and I ventured over to Belfast, Maine for their Celtic Festival. It was a perfect Scottish/Irish day. The sky hung low to the water, releasing sprinkles for most of the afternoon. The masts of the many sailboats anchored in the harbor danced in the gloom as lobster boats came in with their hauls and caused a wake.

I'd brought an umbrella large enough for two (yes, I'm not one who enjoys getting wet. It's my husband who's the Scot, remember?), and we sat on the lawn and listened to Bohola and Prydein, the Celtic bands playing under the tent.

I'm a watcher of all that's around me. The color of the sky, the ripples the raindrops made in the otherwise calm sea, the cry of a lone gull as it swept over the land in search of a tidbit of food a youngster may have dropped on the ground. All these things I store away for scenes in my stories to help the reader feel as though they are there. Many people are oblivious to such subtleties and I always marvel at their lack of enthusiasm at everyday nature. Did they notice as they passed the beach roses that the Japanese beetles were eating them? What about the starfish that had attached itself to the oak piling just under the dock? Was I the only one who noticed it? Perhaps that's the reason a well written description goes a long way to making the heart smile. It's what someone else took the time to note and pass along so everyone else may enjoy it.


TerriRainer said...

Sounds like a wonderful day for a festival!

As for the signing, you must be sure and pass on any "interesting" fans that ask you weird questions.
Enquiring minds wanna know!

Must be cool to be autographing books you wrote...I did find out the other day that I have a fan myself! A 15 yr old girl is quite taken with my Gede story and is awaiting the next magazine issue for part 2.

ONE fan that is not related to me, or personal friends with me...I AM SO EXCITED!

:) Terri

Mary Duncan said...

Fans are great!

I always know I've got a sale when we start talking about the Outlander series. It hasn't failed yet! They may be a bit disappointed at first when I tell them there's no sex, "she's only 11, for Pete's sake!", I'll say. But when I explain that she does find a love interest in book two, they smile with anticipation. That's why I'm fairly convinced Sightless will be a better motivating seller. They'll buy Eyes of Garnet to get the full story, but I think they'll enjoy Sightless more.

I do remember a fan who was a bit in your face. She had read Eyes of Garnet and came up to me, stood nearly toe-to-toe and said how much she loved the book because, "I'm psychic too, you know!". Now, I'm all for it, but it was a bit like she wanted a badge letting everyone know it. I just smiled and signed her book.