The superpower I crave? Teleportation. After miles upon miles on book tour and miserably failing to update this blog at every turn I am safely home again. Part of the trip I journaled and I tried my best to capture the incredible comments and conversations from readers in every city. What has taken me by greatest surprise along the trip is the way that the stories of Praying for Strangers is affecting people. The way they are claiming the book as their own.
If you read through a few From the Road blogs you’ll see post from here, there, and everywhere. I’ve tried to link and capture authors I had the pleasure of seeing on the road. Most recently and working backward. I joined that incredibly gifted author of Sorrowood – Raymond Atkins. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Terry Kay – southern author and gentleman, meet new writers and make new friends at the Canton Art Festival where I’d blown in from Page and Palette in Fairhope, Alabama. To bed at 1am. Up at 5am with miles yet ahead of me and yes, I have the pictures to prove it. Those weary eyes do not lie. Many thanks to author Brewster Milton Robertson and his beautiful wife for driving to Fairhope to join us for the evening reading and discussion (and dinner!). The previous night a beautiful visit to Montgomery Alabama and Capitol Books. For the first incredible time I was able to walk down to the riverfront and catch a few moments of history. Thank you friend Virginia Dixon for visiting, driving while I put those feet on the dash for a few miles, and wrapping me up so much in your stories that suddenly the fuel gage announced we were driving on fumes. One very real dairy famer angel, one gas can later, we were back on the road. A special thank you to author Neil White and all who turned out for the reading at Square Books in Oxford. What a lovely affair. Can I move there? Okay – can I just walk and breathe the literary air?
The funny thing about writers on the road is everyone says, OH, you’ll just love (fill in the name of every city on the road) and it’s True! Only we don’t exactly get to see much normally except for the inside of a hotel room that we are ever so thankful to have! What I saw most was the view from the airplane and the lines on the highway.
Thank you Penugin/Berkley for an amazing experience and an opportunity to meet readers coast to coast!