The Weekend of Awesome

This past weekend I met my number one fan, signed copies of Dare Me and Tap Out, spoke on a panel about the creative writing process, and received a congratulatory note from my former high school English teacher. Overall, it was awesome, but, of course there’s more to it than these cursory details.

Saturday was Troy Author Day, an event created to celebrate the local talent in our area. Over twenty authors were in attendance, including some heavy hitters like the Man Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis. The atmosphere was ideal. We were situated in the upstairs of the Troy Public Library, surrounded by readers who came to buy books, meet us, and listen to discussions about the process and the industry.

However, for me, the highlight of the day was meeting Natalie.

She is my number one fan, and came with copies of all my novels. Natalie and her friend Melinda help run Pendragon, SienaCollege’s literary magazine, and I will be at Siena at some point in the near future to speak to the group because Natalie reached out to me on Twitter and Melinda following up via email. Take note readers: if you want to have contact with your favorite author, hop on social media. Chances are we’re more than willing to be there for you.

If you are interested in more about the event, here’s a local article that covers the day, and even quotes me a few times.

On Sunday I had a signing at Barnes and Noble in Saratoga Springs. What was unique about the signings this weekend, and in particular at B&N, was having customers interested in copies of both Dare Me and Tap Out. It’s not that Tap Out has died in any way, but my energy has been focused on Dare Me. So when people came up and asked about both books and then bought both, it was kind of astounding.

It was fantastic to meet local readers, who either came out specifically to meet me, or those who stumbled across my table and got very excited about my work.

That’s what I’m in this for, not the sales figures, nor the awards––even though I need the former to continue, and the latter are really nice. I’m there for the stories. To tell people about mine, to talk with them and learn theirs, to help connect readers with work that will resonate with them. And to be with other authors doing the same, to meet people so excited about my work that they vibrate, yeah, that’s the definition of awesome to me.

So if you missed me this weekend, have no fear, my launch party is Friday at McGrievey’s restaurant from 4-7. There will be free appetizers, excellent beverages, and even more excellent company. Come on out. You won’t be disappointed.

Troy Author Day

Hey, everyone, I hope you are enjoying a day off and are having a chance to relax and possibly read some newly published work. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

I’ve talked about Troy Author Day before, but as it is on Saturday, I wanted to direct you to the website for the event. What has been created is pretty fantastic. Twenty-three local authors will be signing copies of their work, and there will be two panel discussions. One about the creative aspect of writing (I’m on that one) and another that is all about the business of writing.

The best part, it’s free to attend. So follow the link to the site and check out all the authors who will be in attendance. I think you’ll be surprised at the list of award-winning heavy hitters.

Once you’ve scheduled us on your calendar, feel free to get back to that awesome novel. See you on Saturday.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

12-3 PM at The Troy Public Library

​100 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180 — (518) 274-7071

Twenty of the Capital District’s most popular authors will gather to meet readers, autograph books, and discuss their work. Drop in for a few minutes, or stay the whole time.


Select authors will participate in two panel discussions: one about their creative processes and another about publishing. Seating for the panel discussions will be limited. CLICK HERE for more info.

Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase. Market Block Books will donate a portion of each sale to the Troy Public Library.


For more information, please contact Carolyn Fagan. Below is a list of the featured authors. We hope to see you there!

Click here and see who will be there.

Tweets from the road: First Signing for DARE ME

On Saturday Market Block Books held my first signing for Dare MeIt was a gorgeous day with lots of foot traffic from the Troy Farmers Market. I met teachers and parents who snapped up copies of both Dare Me and Tap Out for their students and children–and even one man who admitted Dare Me was going to his daughter, once he’d had a chance to enjoy. There was even a guest appearance by the world famous author, Dennis Mahoney, who was in for a copy and to talk to the incomparable Stanley from Market Block about Troy Author Day. Below are tweets from Saturday, including a screen shot from a baffling Amazon image. Even better is my super awkward pitch to Stanley about Dare Me. I try to stay poised, but it’s been a while since I’ve been out promoting.

If you didn’t have a chance to come out, check my schedule at the bottom. Thanks.

How could I not suggest this?

You have to love the ornate feel of everything in Troy.

Like I said, Dennis was there. Here’s proof:

And Amazon. They don’t want to release the pre-orders yet. However, during this window of time, Dare Me was on sale, and only one copy was left. No clue.

Good times trying to figure out what to say: