Here’s something valuable to remember. No matter what all
appears to be shaking down on the outside, the show or the finished product,
keep in mind there’s always a spin cycle taking place behind the scenes. Oh,
how much fun it would be to share all the behind the scenes tidbits of my
career or even of what was going on as I prepared to launch my debut novella, The Disappearing Key. Oh what fun.
Instead, I thought I’d
throw out a Letterman top ten.
Here are my favorite Top
Ten Behind the Scenes Moments related to The
10. While chatting with another mom at my daughter’s
basketball game we kept trying to figure out if we’d met before. She told me
more than once I looked familiar. I asked her if she was in a book club, which
triggered it for her. She smiled and said my book was on her bedside
9. I’ve delighted in how the book clubs I’ve been visiting
exude creativity. Members show up wearing “key” bracelets, they bring key lime
pie, they offer a “Lock & Key” wine, etc.
8. A woman who is a prenatal genetic counselor at one of the
book clubs I attended was curious who I interviewed to get a grasp for Gabrielle’s
vocation. She expressed how accurately I captured things that she deals with in
7. An author whose work I’ve admired for years sent repeated
notes of encouragement, indicating how much she enjoyed my novella. She let me
know she even read it twice.
6. I beamed the day I looked on Goodreads to find another
author I respect (Carla Stewart) had given my novella a five ***** star review.
Grateful for everyone who has taken the time to review this work!
5. Getting texts, emails, and phone calls from my mom
whenever one of her friends or acquaintances calls her raving about The Disappearing Key. One of her best
friends, whom she was unsure had even read my book yet, surprised my mom by
telling an entire room of women they had to read it. She received word from a
family we used to know when we lived in England that they read and really
enjoyed my book. So much fun.
4. Feedback from family members, including distant cousins,
friends, and other authors (thanks again to the endorsers). Support like this
is invaluable. I’ll always be grateful for the Facebook posts, the tweets (Sue
Harrison and Heather Gilbert, etc.) and the shout outs (special thanks to the
elementary school staff). I’ve also found it really cool to read reviews from
3. My launch party where nearly forty people showed up to
2. My husband’s response after he read it. Still savoring
1. Have to say the most meaningful experience in the
aftermath of releasing my novella involved the woman I dedicated the book to
(read her story here). Erin’s reaction blew me away. She offered further affirmation
that I’m thankful I went with my gut and took a risk with this book.
What’s been going on behind the scenes with you?