A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a blurb in my newspaper about the Z’Tejas restaurant holding a contest for using chile peppers in a dessert. Oooh! I like to cook and one of my favorite desserts is a frozen chocolate cinnamon mousse–chile peppers could only improve it’s rich chocolatey goodness. AND I could name it after my upcoming middle-grade novel: Jungle Crossing…Chill.
On Saturday I packed my book signing bag with my favorite pens, postcards for my next book (Jungle Crossing), chocolate kisses, SCBWI brochures, plus my cute new bookplates, and headed off to my hometown Barnes & Noble all by myself. Eeek!
First I have to say, if you’re going to publish a book make sure you have lots of friends. Every time a familiar face came into the store, I felt a sparkle of gratitude. Everyone from my writing group stopped in to say hello. Friends I haven’t spent much time with since our kids were toddlers bought books. And many, many of my husband’s colleagues came (having a well-liked husband helps too).