Before Simon & Schuster, I had never had a signed book. I never really cared all that much. The story lived in the pages, so why did I need someone to scribble in black marker to make it more special? Now, I see things slightly differently.
Simon & Schuster has given me the opportunity to meet a surprising amount of authors in the past few weeks. As I watched them talk about their work, I realized just how special that scribble actually is -- this is their pride and joy. The story you lost yourself in, held close to you when you finished, was all a creation in this person's mind. Their words, their hands, reached down and touched the most tender parts of your soul. Their signature is from the same hands that crafted a world you fell in love with and THIS is what is so special. I was shocked by the humility of some of these writers. When I told Alice Hoffman that I had just started reading The Dovekeepers and thought she was a beautiful writer, I could almost see her cheeks turn a slight pink. Her thank-yous were from that somewhere deep inside her; perhaps the same place her stories come from. This woman was pure magic.
Here are a few of the wonderful writers I have had the privilege to meet in the past few weeks!
(Lucie is my mom and Jason is my boyfriend -- just to clarify!)