This weekend (June 4 & 5, 2016), I will attend the second (annual) Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. I will be on Addison Street (nicknamed “Literary Lane” for this event) from 10 am to 6 pm with both of my books in tow.
Unlike last year, this year all of the authors will have a tent instead of an umbrella. I will be sharing mine with a nice man (Daniel Bacon) who has written a couple of non-fiction books about San Francisco. I expect a lot of synergy between our writings – he writes about the actual places where my fictional characters live.
Unlike last year, this year I’m able to boast that BOTH of my books are finalists for book awards. The announcement of the winners of the Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year won’t be made until late June – but for now A Veil of Fog and Flames is basking in the glow of nominee. I wonder if this is how Academy Award contenders feel?
Unlike last year, I’m better prepared for unexpected assaults. Like the people who believe all books should be free. Or the people who don’t like fiction because it can’t be indexed. Or those who get upset when a work of historical fiction doesn’t acknowledge their favorite San Francisco family (even though that family hadn’t moved to San Francisco until AFTER the action of my story ceased). I hope I’ve grown a thicker skin since last year.
However, like last year, I will meet and greet the public, sell and sign books, talk with new and interesting people, and enjoy a day of books, books, books.