I love it when anyone reads my book. Hopefully they enjoy it and maybe get something from it. But even better is when I get to know my readers in more personal ways. You’re witty, creative, caring, and insightful, and I really think we could be best friends.
This blog is to honor you and all the times you’ve blessed me. Also, I hope this inspires you to support other authors out there who might be feeling discouraged or unseen (as we all do at times). So here we go.
How to Be My Favorite Reader:
Be silly with me. When I photo-bombed Janet McHenry reading my book, Husband Auditions, someone joked that they wished I could photo bomb them reading my book, so I turned the photo into a face-in-hole PNG. Kati Driban put her face in that hole while Richard Green added Captain America.
Get a tattoo inspired by one of my books. Hmm… Maybe I should make temporary tattoos of book quotes so more of you would be willing to do this. But when my friend Shawn Moreno told me she was getting “Min Skatt” (which means my treasure in Norwegian, from Finding Love in Big Sky) tattooed on her arm, I went with her.
Design your own products based on books. I met Sarah Carroll-Williams on an airplane. She looked up my books, invited me to her book club, and surprised me with a Big Sky coffee mug as well as the kind of necklace Josh had designed for Paisley in Finding Love in Big Sky.
Recreate a scene from a book. When Crystal Caudill and company read the scene in Husband Auditions where a writer tries to break out of duct tape as writing research, they decided to do it themselves.
Use my book for book yoga. What? You can’t do this? Okay, me neither, and I teach yoga. Of course, most people aren’t as bendy as Christa Starn.
All right, you really don’t have to get ink on your body or twist yourself up into a pretzel to be my favorite reader. That would be asking a little much. I appreciate everyone who has…
Written a review, written me personally, taken cute photos of/with my books and shared on social media, requested my books at libraries, invited me to speak, visited me at an event, randomly created QR codes for my website, and anything else I’ve forgotten.
YOU’RE MY FAVORITE!!!
What’s something you’ve done to support your favorite author or share about your favorite book?