I had the chance a couple of weekends ago to drive down to the Tucson Festival of Books and spend some time with a ton of great writers.
Ace Atkins, Me, David Joy, Robert Knott
Although I wasn’t there in any “official” capacity (with my debut still two months away, I wasn’t booked on any panels/signings ), I did attend a Putnam-hosted dinner, and got to grab a seat at several of the panels just so I could listen in. I was there purely as a spectator, a fan, but on several occasions, the authors I’d met made a point of singling me out of crowd, and telling their audiences to keep an eye out for my book in June.
These were extremely generous gestures, and hopefully someday I’ll have the opportunity to return the favor to other up and coming authors.
This is a hard, at times, unforgiving thing we do. Sometimes, it's good to get on the road and find a few friends...
Finally, I wanted to leave this video right here. It's from a Kentucky (where I'm from) band, Black Stone Cherry, and their new album is due out April 1. Just a great song, and worth a listen.