First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for the official Andy Squared release party! It was a ton of fun and I got to see former students and colleagues. I was so happy for the support. One family even sent flowers because they could not be there! It was amazing.
Thank you to the Bristol Public Library for hosting us! I hope I can give a book talk in the future to readers!
Already I’m getting messages from those that went to the event and finished their book already. It thrills me to know they enjoyed it so much. My current students, too! There is a copy in my classroom and I love seeing books – especially Andy Squared – be passed around and recommended to friends after they finish it. Really, there is no greater feeling as a teacher and a writer.
But the event! What fun! I signed books for an hour and talked with people, then gave a short reading and answered questions on the book. They were insightful, too. One person, who had started the book prior to the event and brought his own copy to be signed, asked if I had done research on horses prior to writing the book.
The answer: yes and no. I rode horses when I was younger, and I love them, so a lot of what I learned I still maintained. There were some terms I had to look up, mostly in regards to the particulars of the English saddle, and others I checked, but I did remember most of what I had learned while riding.
I also have to thank my parents and my sisters who gave up a few hours of the day to be there. My youngest sister, Cassandra, is an author in the making. She’s currently writing her first novel at the moment, and is about halfway finished! I hope to someday have a dual book signing with her! How awesome would that be?