I met Nichole Bernier!! Another Book-Signing Event to Remember
Real life and Twitter have collided yet again and I’ve had the privilege of meeting debut author Nichole Bernier at a book signing here in Kansas City. I don’t exactly remember when I “met” Nichole but I think it was back in October when I congratulated her on her upcoming debut, blah, blah, blah, drool and she was kind enough to send a nice tweet back about family and friends living in Kansas City.
She indicated she might be coming for a signing back then, and I may have piddled in my pants (three kids, bladder is shot) when I eventually got the email inviting me to a private signing. Can I tell you how lucky I am? And then can I tell you how fabulous Twitter is? All it takes is 140 authentic and heartfelt characters to start a friendship.
That first moment of meeting someone that you have only spoken to is always a bit intimidating. Will they be like they are online? Am I what they expected? Better? Or *gulp* worse?
Nichole was off the charts fantastic and greeted me like we were old pals. We chatted with some of the hosts book club pals for a moment before I
clodded away demurely stepped aside to take some photos. I am more conscious these days about having some good photos to document big moments in our lives. This was one for me. Plus, I wanted to provide Nichole with some great memories since many of the people there were family and friends whom she hadn’t seen in a long time
Her friend, Ann Hall, along with Ann’s mother hosted the book reading and it was so fun to hear how Ann and Nichole met. They worked together back in their early careers in journalism and it was very sweet to see them together.
Ann introduced Nichole to the audience (I joked with Ann later telling her I felt it was like watching a bridesmaid speak at a wedding–a few tears were shed. Hell, I teared up and these were two people I had just met!) and Nichole read from a couple of sections from her book, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
The paragraphs she read were like looking into deep pools of water on a sunny day; you couldn’t help but see your own reflection. I could tell this was going to be a novel that would force you to be honest with yourself.
Nichole handled questions afterward, the one asked right away that we all wanted to know, “How did you write this novel with FIVE children?!” She explained that she started when she only had two (seems easy compared to five, right?) and she had to give up a lot of hobbies. She no longer gardened nor cooked gourmet meals. She had given a lot up to write this novel that was inside of her.
She also explained how writing fiction was 180 degrees from what she had done in all of her years writing. She was a journalist, nothing but the facts Ma’am. This was her first novel and it took her six and a half years to find her way through fiction. Nichole is an inspiration to all writing moms as well as a testament to hard work and determination.
Rainy Day Books was there to provide books (I bought three!) as well as take a few photos for Nichole’s guests. Roger and Vivien were so accommodating yet completely on top of things. I’m not sure if they remembered me but the last Rainy Day Book signing was when Alex George came to town to promote A Good American. I was the last person there at his signing because we had plans to have a glass of wine afterward. I’m not a regular in-store customer (I usually order online b/c store isn’t close to my house) so they don’t know me at all. After seeing me at Nichole’s private signing, I’m sure Rog and Viv have alerted the FBI by now. I’m probably in some Stalker Watch program and it’s only a matter of time before Rainy Day starts frisking me at the door.
I would endure pretty much anything to get the chance to meet my Twitter pals in real life. Being at Nichole’s reading and signing was truly an honor and one I will never forget.
Because I was thinking of you, I’m giving away a signed copy of her novel–all you have to do is leave a comment.
Tell us anything:
- What your plans are for the weekend.
- About your own experience of meeting a Twitter friend in real life.
- Why you want to read Nichole’s book.
- Or maybe you could give me the run down of what it’s like to get frisked since that will probably be happening to me in the near future.
I will announce the winner on Friday of next week, therefore, that gives you until Thursday, August 2nd at midnight CST to enter.
Best of luck and have a great weekend!