Publishing the book has elicited some fun and unexpected reactions. Early on, it was texts from friends who were reading it – the people who kept me apprised of how far they were and, in some cases, what made them need to retreat to their bunks. Once, I knew a friend had started it when they simply texted me with the word, “pluperfect.” Clearly they’d been impressed with the usage – meanwhile, I knew I had only used it because of a line in the movie Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (a personal favorite). Knowing how much the female lead was based on me, another friend texted to ask, “do you really have a baseball ball gag?”
Yes, yes, I do.
More recently, I had what can only be described as the most surreal moment of being a published author. It’s still a strange feeling to have people want me to sign the paperbacks at all. I understand it and I don’t mind it – but it still feels odd to be in this position. At a recent event, I had stationed myself near an exit to the hotel, a place where the event had placed volunteers to make sure people going out and coming in were with our event. I was selling books and chocolate, and a woman who had bought the book not only asked me to sign it, but was one of the volunteers, and sat not five feet from me reading it. She seemed engrossed and made sure to let me know that but – wow.
Most recently, I was at a party when a woman started asking me about the book. She is currently dating an ex of mine and we’ve rarely ever spoken, so I wasn’t entirely sure how to react to this sudden attention. Finally, she said she had read the book and enjoyed it so we talked about it a bit, including why I think it’s different than most erotica. She walked away a few minutes later and that’s when it hit me.
There’s a very brief scene where I am not nice to this particular ex. He’s the only person directly referenced who is done so in a negative way. Had she noticed? Had she mentioned it to him? It’s entirely possible that she didn’t even think about it – as another friend noted, we see what we want to see and often ignore what’s right in front of us. And, honestly, I don’t care. I considered changing the scene before publishing. I thought of all the ways it could be altered and finally decided I was comfortable with what I had written. Further, I was under no illusion that it would never get back to him. Of course this was a possibility.
Still, that’s some funny shit. And I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when she got to that part.
I’m sure the fun is far from over. At least I hope it is. I’ve been admittedly lax in the marketing department and need to get over that in order to get the book out there more. And as it does, there are sure to be more interesting moments. Let the adventures continue!