I am so blessed to have launched my new middle grade fiction book, The Order of the Trees, on Friday. You should have seen it– fiddle and guitar music, former and current students and families milling around, friends and neighbors gathered at our local school’s library on a sunny Friday afternoon.
There were tree cookies. And I don’t mean the tree cookies I tried to make. That didn’t work out so well. But my friends blessed with baking skills produced a table full of sweet treats for everyone.
Then there was my friend and colleague Chip with two student fiddlers. The music lifted us all for sure.
I felt so lucky to have Lynne Woodard, our amazing librarian, cheerleader of books, reading guru, introduce me and talk about the book. She was an early reader and editor.
I took a deep breath and said a few words about rejection, perseverance, idea babies, and how you are not alone (even when you think you are). Then I read a little bit from The Order of the Trees. Seeing the faces of the kids as I spoke was amazing– they were wide open, eager, and engaged. Did I mention that I was lucky? I get to see many of these kids each day as a teacher.
The rest of the event was a blur of books, signing, hugs, and laughter. I couldn’t have asked for more.