Mortie loves giving kisses a little too much. I have to restrain him from licking the public.
Sometimes it’s fun to share the limelight with a friend when you’re signing at a book store. Mortie is a gregarious Jackapoo who loves children and grownups alike.. He’s also my inspiration for Ping in The Great Mistake Mysteries as well as Finnigan in Revenge on the Fly or Venganza contra las mosques.
Warily watching for customers. Things can be a bit slow midday.
But then things pick up! Yay, a little girl who wants to talk books and pat dogs.
Making the big leap at home time. Mortie likes to browse the store a bit too.
George, Lydia and Madie visit me in the comfort of my own library courtesy of technology. I also get a great view of the Hazel Mackey Community Library ceiling.
Gosh it’s fun being able to chat with some bookclub readers of The Best Mistake Mystery all the way in Roberts, (population 1,651) Wisconsin. Our first scheduled meeting was delayed by the same wind and and rain storm so I was able to snail mail the librarian autographed bookmarks. On the new date the kids met Mortie, the inspiration for Ping in The Great Mistake Mysteries.
Worf, my brown granddog wasn’t availabl for the Skype visit. But Mortie was happy to visit Wisconsin bookclubbers.
We chatted about where ideas came from and I talked about writing block. (And suddenly nothing happens!) Then a few weeks later, I received actual snail mail thank you notes. So retro.
If it weren’t for the computers and miles between us, the experience itself was old school, an author chatting with her readers, almost one on one. It’s how real reading connections are made.