My book has been available for sale for a couple of weeks, and it's been an amazing adventure to publicize and talk about it to readers. Much of my interaction is online, of course. Creating a platform and making readers aware of my book through Internet connections is not only time consuming, but also it is plain hard work.
Hyping my book to groups in my hometown and across the nation through personal appearances is fun. Maybe I just like to talk. Maybe I'm thoroughly intrigued by my characters and plot and like to voice my enthusiasm. Whatever the reason, I love to talk about my book and my writing.
There is a caveat, however. There are always those who will not like my style, genre, characters, title, cover, or me. Here's a line I read in one of my online groups which expresses my feeling exactly:
"Going public with your creativity is like walking out with your pants down."
(Nancy LiPetri on Maria Ruiz's author website.)
There are so many good walking, hiking, and biking trails in the Kansas City Metro that I walk one of them a week with my Roaming Readers buddies--a group of school library media specialists who are now readers and explorers with me.
One of our favorite trails is the Trolley Track Trail which passes through the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City and is featured in the story CATastrophic Connections. Beth Stockwell, the landlady sleuth, walks on the track nearly every day and lives close to it.
On the blog, Hiking K.C. Trails, you can visit some of the beautiful trails and travel them with me.
Wildlife is abundant on our trail walks. I can't help taking pictures whenever I can get a good shot. Frogs, wild turkeys, deer, birds of all kinds (we know there are eagles out there but haven't been there at the right time,) plus our little rabbit friends and the ubiquitous squirrels--those creatures and the insects and reptiles help make the walks interesting.
Most people from the U. S. and other countries who travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands go for vacation. It's a U.S. Territory; so no passport is required for U.S. citizens. There are many activities, celebrations, and resorts to choose from. Too bad Beth Stockwell had to be there for an unpleasant reason.
Watch a u-Tube video of island celebrations: