Facebook reminded me today that two years ago, I was preparing for all the book signing I hoped to do with the release of my memoir, Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance (Homebound Publications, 2017).
Thanks to the support of my community, I DID sign many copies at the launch party on Lopez on September 16, 2017.
Just a few days earlier, I’d written in my August Afterthought about a workshop I’d attended that helped me prepare for an author event. The presenter had urged us to think about our “costume” for a reading, and I wrote about how I’d found the perfect shirt for mine.
Throughout the weeks and months following the Lopez launch, the metaphor of nakedness also applied to my experience of talking about my book. I often felt I was baring my soul, usually to people I’d never met.
My publisher and editor at Homebound Publications, Leslie M. Browning, has been a steadfast supporter on this publishing journey, along with many fellow authors from Homebound.
Friends and family have supported me, too, sending me photos of themselves with my book.
And photos of my book in various bookstores.
One Quaker friend made me laugh when she told me, “Yours is the only book of erotica in our meeting library!”
When I could, I baked orange twists (a pastry that appears in the memoir) to share with audiences. I estimate I’ve made about ten dozen of them for events over the past two years.
After readings throughout Washington, Oregon, Chicago, Connecticut, and Ohio, author events have slowed down this year. But, I still have lovely (and fun) opportunities periodically to talk about Hiking Naked (the memoir!). I especially enjoy teaming up with other writer friends when themes in our books overlap.
One of the authors I cherish working with is writer, teacher, mentor, and friend, Ana Maria Spagna. She introduced me at the Stehekin launch of my memoir on Sept. 10, 2017.
Next week, I’ll come full circle to that special event when I return to Stehekin to attend a workshop led by Ana Maria.
I’m fortunate to have so many companions on this journey.