When I started the process of writing Sugarbeet Falls I kind of just wanted to see if I could actually write an entire book. When I finished, I was thrilled. My dad and my mother-in-law both read it and were impressed (if perhaps a bit biased). After that I decided to try to find an agent, then it wasn’t fun for a while. The query process was long and arduous, and literally no agent would even read the book. I would honestly have preferred negative feedback to just hearing nothing at all. Almost 10 years later I decided to bite the bullet and self-publish. While I am not yet sure of the ultimate intelligence of that decision, there are some aspects that are super-fun!
Holding my actual book in my hands and seeing it on shelves is amazing, and knowing that a few libraries have already put the Dewey decimal system numbers on it is exciting, but my favorite part so far is signing books and meeting people. I have been practicing my signature since jr. high, but that was mostly because I was planning on playing for the Lakers. When that didn’t happen I sort of gave up the practice. Now having people ask me to sign their books and talk about my creative process is giving me a joyful experience different from any others I’ve had. Other than my children, who can probably thank their mother for most of their best traits, this book is something I created and actually take some pride in.
So if you don’t think my ink would ruin an otherwise enjoyable book. I’d love to sign one for you. Here’s the link.