Things I’ve done in Texas

Things I’ve heard most often while on book tour in Texas (in no particular order):

  • So, no quotation marks. What’s up with that?
  • I always knew you had it in you!
  • Wait — you’re a vegetarian now? Really?
  • Please tell your lovely wife hello!
  • How much research did you do for this thing!?
  • I want to get your book, but I’m going to order the hardback.
  • What in the world does “Hagridden” mean?
  • Do you remember [some mutual friend, family member, or really embarrassing story from way back when]?
  • Oh my god, I missed your laugh!
  • Would you PLEASE do an audio book?/I have your voice stuck in my head now every time I read this thing.

Number of books I’ve sold, donated, signed, etc, either from my personal stash or via a local bookstore (but not counting online sales or giveaways):

I don’t even really know, but several dozen. (So far!)

Number of people who have sold my books for me, either by calling up friends/dragging friends to readings or by literally accosting folks in bookstores and hawking Hagridden like a medieval town cryer (I’m looking at you, Sean!):

At least half a dozen.

Number of people who have finished the book just in the last week:

At least four that I know of. As far as I know, we’re still friends. 😉

Number of times I got recognized at random, non-reading places and wound up chatting about/signing Hagridden:

No kidding? Three times! =D

What I told a friend I was meeting for lunch when he texted to say he was running late:

“That’s all right. I’m in the cemetery anyway.” (I really was! I like to visit cemeteries — people who read this blog should know that by now.)

Number of hugs I’ve given/received:

All of them.

Next stop: Arkansas!

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

One thought on “Things I’ve done in Texas

  1. My 10 almost 11 year old grandson has been a vegetarian for 2 1/ 2 years now of his own choice. People think my daughter and I are crazy for supporting his choice. Good for you and good luck with your book sales!!

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