Yesterday at Mystery Ink Bookstore in Huntington Beach, I was treated to fans who said it was "an honor" to meet me. An honor to meet me? Oh my goodness! When you work for a good part of the year in a room all by yourself, laboring to put words to paper in an interesting story--at least you think it's interesting--you sometimes forget that other people will be reading it and loving your characters as much as you do. So back at you a thousandfold. I feel pretty honored to be treated to wonderful fans. How nice is that?
And then, when I signed at Book Carnival today, a mystery bookstore in Orange, CA, I got a wonderful visit from fans and local medieval re-enactors Sir Jamie the Red and his wife the Lady Maedb from the Adrian Empire and the kingdom of Esperance. Lady Maedb set up her spinning wheel and added versimilitude to the proceedings. After I showed Sir Jaimie a little piece of real mail I had (no, it's NOT called "chain mail", it's simply called "mail") he brought in the mail belt he was working on and proceeded to "knit" his rings.
I also visited the Fullerton Library and did a presentation for their Friends of the Library. I love the Friends of any library. The money they raise from their library bookstores--and sometimes it's pretty substantial--helps support the book buying budget for libraries and anything that gets more books into libraries is a friend of mine. So it was a full Orange County weekend of bookstores and libraries (with a side trip to the marvelous Westwood bookstore, The Mystery Bookstore). Next weekend, it's a San Diego weekend with a Mystery Club dinner and the bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, with a Riverside stop at Borders on Sunday. Check my website for full details and addresses. See you there!