December 11th, 2008
I loved meeting kidlit author Barrie Summy Tuesday night at Warwick’s Book Store. Her new middle grade book, I So Don’t Do Mysteries, launched just that day and I wanted to come out and give my congratulations.
The thing is? I just found Barrie online (she blogs too) (thanks for the tip, Vodka Mom) and discovered she was from San Diego and that I So Don’t Do Mysteries was her first published book and that she had achieved what I hope to one day myself. Then, I pretty much invited myself to Warwick’s to say hi and she didn’t even act (in public) like I was stalking her.
In fact, she talked more about MY dreams and aspirations and state of pre-authorhood (maybe) (hopefully one day) than she did about herself and her new book. Even though her book flew off the shelves, even though it is still flying off the shelves, even though booksellers are telling Barrie that they are HAND SELLING her book because they LOVE IT!
Barrie says her mascara is taking a beating from the tears of joy. I think it’s wonderful and although I just met her, I’m turbo happy for her. Can you just imagine? Pouring your time, energy, and self into a book and have it be PUBLISHED (by Random House, no less), then have it sweep the nation?
I’ve just read the first few pages of Barrie’s book so far (I have to finish my book club book for tonight’s meeting), and I see why it’s a hit. The main character’s voice is completely engaging and funny AND it’s written well (you don’t always get those things simultaneously).
Anyway, meeting Barrie was amazing and a real family affair, because I took The Rock, Toots AND Booger, the latter two who were particularly tooty and boogery that evening. Also, my Barrie meet and greet temporarily assuaged my PMS Beast, and for that alone, she will always hold a special place in my husband’s heart.