They call it a book launch, and launch seems to be the right word. I feel a little like a baby bird who was quite comfy in her nest and who, come to think of it, is actually a little afraid of heights. But birds aren’t supposed to stay hunkered in their nests, and stories aren’t supposed to stay locked inside people’s heads. So ready or not, it’s time to launch this book into the world.
I have to admit this process comes with trepidation, because I don’t want this to be about me. As I wrote this book, I pictured one precious person reading it, hoping it would connect with them. I want every page to say, “You are not alone in this. It’s okay to hope again. And God loves you more than you can imagine.”
I would be honored if my book could come alongside you as a friend for this part of your journey, whatever journey you’re on, and wherever your journey takes you.
And if that requires a little squeamishness for me as I teeter on the edge of the nest, I’m willing to do it.
Squeamish Thing #1: My life is literally an open book.
I will be at the Barnes and Noble in Geneva Commons tomorrow (Saturday, February 6) at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be doing a reading, answering questions, and introducing some of the real behind-the-scenes heroes of the book.
Squeamish Thing #2: There is no editing on the air.
I was interviewed on the Debbie Chavez Show earlier this week. Here’s what I learned about live radio along the way:
- Always have water on hand. Editors/writers don’t do a lot of talking in a given day, so after 45 minutes of chatting, I felt like I’d just hiked the Sahara.
- Wear a sweatband. I do realize sweatbands went the way of double-layered socks in the ’80s, but I should have worn one anyway. Nothing like talking about your dating life on the air to make you a little clammy.
- You can edit books, but not airwaves. I’m pretty sure I got myself tongue tied on more than one occasion, but unlike words on the screen, there’s no delete key on the radio!
If you missed the interview and would like to hear it, mishaps and all, you can listen to Debbie’s show online.
Squeamish Thing #3: Seeing a cartoon version of yourself!
The kind folks at Tyndale House created a charming trailer for my book. I won’t tell you how many takes were required for my voiceover, but let’s just say I don’t think acting is in my near future.
Thanks to the creative team that made the I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See trailer!
Hope to see you Saturday, whether in person or online!