It's usually a terrible thing if you make your good friend cry.
But that isn't the case if you write fiction!
My good friend (we'll call her E) phoned this morning to tell me she was reading my new book Miracleville on the bus this morning and that it made her cry. She couldn't even have been very far into the book because I happen to know that she lives close to downtown and the bus ride couldn't have been very long!
Anyway, it is exciting to know that your book can make a person cry -- though I've heard people say it's even harder to make readers laugh. (I think the book also has some funny moments, but I'll wait for someone to tell me if they chuckle out loud at any parts.)
I had promised to tell you a little more about last night's launch. Here is my favourite moment: my friend and local writer Helen W., brought her two lovely daughters to the launch. The little one (we'll call her A) found a cozy corner to sit in while the rest of us adults yakked and laughed and generally hung out. At one point, I went looking for my camera, but couldn't find it.
"Is your camera silver?" a little voice asked from her cozy corner. "If it is, it's on the snack table!"
Yes, it was great to read from the new book and see my friends and colleagues and family... but of all the many special moments during last night's launch that one pleased me the most.
May we all be as observant and clever as that little girl in the corner!