Yes, I realize book store is not one word. My blogs are usually center on one word. Book Store is my word because I recently had the pleasure of doing a signing at an independent book store, Katy Budget Books, in Katy Texas. This town is very close to the farm area that I lived in while in Texas.
What a blessing book stores are to both readers and writers. Venturing out to a book store and away from my desk allows me to connect with my readers. I’m able to see a child’s eyes light up while reading the words within the pages of my book. What an amazing blessing.
I had the chance to chat with many readers during my signing. I especially enjoyed speaking with the children. I love hearing what they were passionate about. I spoke with a future writer, a seven-year-old film director, a lovely home school family of passionate readers. A woman who collected first edition signed books. A young writer who writes journals daily but was letting her inner editor shut her down. A sweet little gal who’s teacher had read my Nana’s Rice Pie to her class. All of these unique individuals made my day. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet, and exchange conversation with them.
Thanks to all the booksellers who love books. Thanks to the readers who are bucking the new trend to read from a table and enjoy the feel of a real book in their hands. Thanks to the teachers who purchase books for their classrooms. You all are why I do what I do. We speak the same language. The language of words put on paper and shared.