Under The Never Sky Book Launch Party!
Every now and then I get to do things that make me ecstatically happy - like attending a friend's book launch and hanging out with some of my favourite people. It was so much fun to drive six hours up the coast to quaint, toney Danville CA and sweep into Rakestraw Books to find piles of this now very familiar cover stacked up on the first table as I walked in.
Although I was on time the bookshop was already heaving with fans clutching multiple copies of UNDER THE NEVER SKY as they stood in line to get them signed. Perhaps it was the champagne that made the line feel like it moved fast, or maybe it was the warmth and efficiency of the staff, but I absorbed the waves of optimism and excitement like clean air after a smoke-filled room.
The last few months have been hard, but sharing the birthday of a new book gave me a huge boost, and fired me up to get my own book out there without further procrastination! It's certainly a nerve-wracking process, releasing a book into a world that may judge it harshly; but being stuck in stasis is a kind of living death, anyway. So why not chuck it out there, see what happens, and move on to the next one?
From the way the books flew off the shelves on Saturday, Veronica Rossi has nothing to worry about with her debut. She's on her way to stardom, and I'm thrilled I will always be able to say "I was there when it all began."