It was a beautiful day at Barnes and Noble for a the-day-after-Valentine’s-Day book signing!
I’m an author, and of course, book signings are about getting my book out to readers and to the audience it’s targeted to. But with this book, it is more, so much more. And those “mores” happened at Barnes and Noble February 15 between one and three.
First of all, there was the beautiful young woman who had questions about the writing process. My cover had attracted her, and she wanted to know about memoir writing, and I told her about pulling up my soul. We talked about fifteen minutes. Writing, books, reading — this is what book signings are about.
Secondly, this book — a memoir of grief and healing — reaches out to those who are grieving. My book signings are all about this, and my friend Judy Hurley is almost always there to help speak with those who come to the signings out of hurt and the need to know they are not alone. We had those conversations with a few who came yesterday. My book is a companion tool for those who are grieving, a grief resource that lets others know there is hope and they can make it through. We talked about grief groups and GriefShare and the area churches who sponsor these meetings. (By the way, it’s West Franklin Baptist Church that has a class beginning soon.)
So my book signings are about signing and selling books — and I did that successfully! — but also about reaching out to people who are hurting, like I hurt when my loss was new.
Here are some pictures of the happy moments:
Thanks to Neil and Susie and Judy for being there and for your support always in everything!