Well here I am blogging away for the first time. On the first of May my debut novel Sex, Murder And A Double Latte will be released and I’ve already had my first author’s appearance. The venue was my son’s K-1 class. Actually I’m officially homeschooling so this was more like a K-1 writing workshop that he attends.
When the teacher asked if I would speak a few things crossed my mind. 1) Under no circumstances would it be appropriate for me to mention the title of my book. 2) Under no circumstances would it be appropriate for me to talk about the content of my book.
That didn’t leave me a hell of a lot to talk about.
So I kept my remarks confined to the writing process itself. I told them that the most important part of writing was to get the ideas in your head down on paper. Spelling and grammar can be fixed later (did I spell grammar right?). I assured them that everyone makes mistakes in that area and it’s okay to ask for help.
One little girl raised her hand proudly and said “I never make mistakes while writing!”
“Great,” I said with what I hoped was a suitable amount of enthusiasm. “You can be a copy editor.”
I think the best part was the actual introduction. The teacher stood up and said “I want to introduce you to Kyra. She’s an author. That means she writes books that they sell in bookstores and carry in libraries.”
Most of the kids seemed fairly impressed but it was my son’s reaction that really got to me. A huge smile took over his countenance and he stood up and faced his classmates. “That’s my mom!” he said, his voice brimming with pride. “She’s the best!”
I’m not sure what the critics will think of my book but it’s nice to know that my son’s reviews will always be glowing (at least until he reaches puberty but I have another 8 years before I have to worry about that).
Sex, Murder And A Double Latte—May 2005