I don't have a lot to say about this month's topic. I just don't think in terms of endings. Every book has a beginning, a middle and an end, but if you write a well-rounded, multi-layered book, readers will feel as if they know the characters' histories. And what about after the happily ever after ending? A good book stays with you. The characters have an afterlife--one readers can fill in with their imaginations.
So, I hope you'll pardon me, but I'm going off script. I'm going to talk about a multi-author book signing I did last weekend.
The weather was terrible. Frezing rain and icy roads led to multiple accidents all over the state. Needless to say, very few attendees braved the elements. We even gift wrapped the books in baskets for free! Oh well. If you look at our smiling faces, you'll see we enjoyed ourselves anyway.
Someone (Arianna Hart) once said, "Put a bunch of authors in a box of rocks and a good time will be had by all." It's true. We enjoyed each other's company when we weren't busy talking to the lovely customers who managed to attend the event.
Even the owner (Jeff--the only guy in the photo) enjoyed himself and said he'd have another signing for us, individually or together, any time. And this is only a third of the authors in my RWA chapter doing group signings this year. I coordinated 3 signings with the free baskets and wrap. We're having another one with 5 or 6 different authors Feb 12th (right before Valentine's day) and another right before Mother's Day (exact date TBD.)
I'm already looking forward to them. Since we're in New England, the weather in Feb will again be iffy. But I'm betting it won't deter us.
So is that the end of my post? No. I'm positive someone is going to say, but where's Ashlyn? All I see are Hannah Howell and Annette Blair in the foreground a three others in the back. Oh, all right. Here's another photo with all of us.
In the foreground, from left to right are: Coralie Jensen, Barbara Wallace, Ella Drake. Standing behind them are: Hannah Howell, Annette Blair and me. In the background is Jeff.