Did You Write the Other One?February 27, 2010
I'm handing out excerpts of my book at Stitches this weekend as fast as my little hands can pass them out, and before I fall asleep face down in my soup, here are a couple of my favorite reactions so far:
Me, handing Knitter flier: "Hi! Take a sneak peek at my novel, which comes out on Tuesday!"
Knitter: "Did you write this?"
Knitter: "Did you write the other one?"
Knitter, looking at the back of the excerpt, where my picture is: "Oh, I know her. She's from LA."
Me: "I'm from Oakland."
Knitter (suspiciously): "Hmm."
Knitter, looking at the cover: "Oh, I heard about this on NPR!"
Me, thinking: I wish. Saying: "Mmmm."
Or my favorite:
Knitter, picking up the excerpt and flipping it over: "What channel will this be on?"
I had no answer for that one at all other than (what I thought was) the obvious. "It's a book."
A disappointed "Oh" was all I got.
But it is SO MUCH FUN. Knitters are my people. Knitters FOR THE WIN. While these reactions are funny, most of the reactions I got were overwhelmingly positive, to the point where sometimes I just wanted to cry with joy from it all. The smiles, the encouragement, the excitement on their faces when they learned it was my first novel -- I could have hugged everyone. Maybe I did.
I can't wait to go back tomorrow.