Writing is, by its very nature, a solitary job. We sit at our computer, for hours on end, lost in a fictional world of our own creation. Many writers are introverts by nature, likely drawn to writing as a way to express themselves in a way that feels less conspicuous, less threatening than other jobs or professions.
With that in mind, imagine my surprise (or naiveté, if you will) when, after my first book was published back in 2005, I was asked to give a talk. Ha! Part of me was flattered, I guess, but a far larger part was terrified. What on earth could I say that people would want to hear?
The evening of the talk, I went in with my little index cards and a general idea of what I was going to say. But when I stood up at the front of the room and saw all those faces looking back at me, waiting, I…froze. A second or two later I snapped out of it, of course, but when I opened my mouth to actually speak, it felt like I had an entire bag’s worth of cotton balls in my throat. Cotton balls that seemed to expand with each new word I spoke.
Somehow, I got through that first talk, cotton balls and all. Soon, another (and still, another) talk followed. And, little by little, I became more comfortable standing at the front of a room.
Today, one of my favorite parts of the author experience is meeting my readers—hearing what characters touched them, what storylines gave them pause, the books they’ve re-read again and again. And, along the way, many of those readers have become honest to goodness friends.
This week, I’m finishing up my 2019 Amish-based women’s fiction novel and sending it off to my publisher. Once I hit “send,” I get to turn my attention to next month’s release of Portrait of a Sister and the events I have lined up to celebrate that milestone. I’ll be in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Indiana for sure, with a few more possibilities in the planning stages right now.
If you’re out and about in Lancaster or Shipshewana in July, I’d sure love to meet you. You can find all the where/when details on the “events” page of my website (laurabradford.com). And be sure to check back often over the next few weeks to see if I’ve added things in your neck of the woods. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for my newsletter because then you’ll be sure to be in the know.
Hope to meet you soon!
Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.