It’s over. As predicted I was a wreck. Snarling at First Reader. Had no caffeine before boarding the bus.
Once in got some caffeine. Still snarling. Finally met up with the others at Coliseum Books. I’d never met the other writers before. Cynthia Baxter, Carol Goodman, Laura Lippmam and Gammy Singer, the moderator. They were all friendly and charming. I had no idea Laura was so tall. I also met Lindsey Benoit, my publicist. Also lovely.
We trooped over to the Bryant Park venue. I was still shaky. First Reader had gone on ahead to get a seat. It was hot. But the setting was beautiful. There was a very big crowd. We took our seats and we were off. I made sure I wasn’t the first to be asked a question by not sitting at either end. I didn’t have to knock anyone over to accomplish this.
Once I was into it I was fine. Why can’t I remember this? It all went well. Everyone was smart and articulate. There were questions from the audience and then it was over. We all signed books for people and the store.
Even though it would be considered a success I was so happy to have it over.
And now I can dread July 13th at Borders. This is worse because I’ll be alone. And I’ll have to read from the book.
What if no one comes?