I do not know why I was so surprised. I have encountered nothing but kindness and support all along this nutty, twisty, yellow bricked writing road. But this past week has been different. This week has been yellow roses in a wicker basket, sunshine week. The book trailer, so generously created with such care and love by such an extraordinary friend, made the release sooner, realer, bigger, shinier, and funner, as my sister used to say.
Now it involves everyone. I love that. My dear friend Adriana pre ordered five copies for her book club--even though her wedding is three weeks away and she has so many zillions of things to think about. Amber (her wedding is 108 days away) pre ordered some for her husband to be and family. My mom pre ordered six and then pressed the 'I want to read it on Kindle button" eleven times. Everyone I bump into in Hanalei has looked up the book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A boy I had a crush on when I was fourteen shrieked "Great cover!" from across the road at the beach today. I had no idea he knew I was writing a book and I haven't seen him since I got my braces off. And lovely, lovely, steadfast friends from the Plum Bean pre ordered and pressed the button and looked up the book and want to set up blog tour interviews--amazing.
It has been one of those really special weeks of everyone checking in. Wonderful friends who forgive me for falling off the planet wrote to electronically bounce up and down with glee. My sweet friend Gersande from high school, who I have not seen in nearly twenty years (more Priya moving to distant lands and falling off the planet) wrote to all her friends announcing the book. My beloved, angelic friend Jack and his wonderful, wonderful wife Jess had a baby boy this week and he still checked in to bounce up and down. It has been an extraordinary, brown shoulder, blue water, white wave, yellow sun, buoyant, floaty, fizzy, happy week. And I have been so moved. Thank you.