Great signing in Oakland

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I'm on the road in beautiful San Francisco, where I've found blue skies, yellow sun, warm weather. It's fabulous. I just wanted to do a quick shout out to Kathleen and the wonderful folks at a Great Good Place for Books. I had a fabulous, relaxing evening with Becky (thanks so much for driving all the way from Sacramento), Patricia, Glen, Sue, and the rest of the gang. I really enjoyed myself. I hope you all find something to like in Firefly Lane. Tomorrow it's off to Los Angeles, where I'll get to spend some time with my son, and the event at Dutton's. Hope to see some of you there.

Thanks too to all of you who showed up at Powell's in Beaverton. What a great crowd!


ps: thanks to Kathleen for not spoiling American Idol. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out. I had a great time also at my first book signing. I think you are a great writer and can't wait to read Firefly Lane. I am so glad I got to meet you and wait for what else you have in store for your readers. Thanks again for signing my books. Have a safe trip to LA!

February 16, 2008 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hi Kristin..

OMG! I finished Firefly Lane this weekend..That book was SO incredible! There were so many places in the book where similar memories came to my mind about one or two of my best friends throughout the years. I have had 2 real "best" friends, one of which I have lost touch with and I plan to call her soon..We were best friends from age 6 through college, and then she got married, moved to Maryland, while I stayed in NC and struggled to get through the early years in my life. I did not get married until November 2001, when I was 38. I wrote to Carole about 5 months before I got married, and I invited her and her whole family to my wedding. Unfortunately, they were all over the country and could not make it to the wedding because of varying committments made prior to hearing from me. Carole sent me an absolutely beautiful silver-colored frame for our wedding photo, and I will treasure that for the rest of my life. We wrote letters back and forth from 6 through 21, and I was quite surprise to find out that she kept most of the letters all of that time. I wish that I could have found just one of the letters that she wrote to me, but when you move from house to house and never stay in one place for very long, cherished items get lost in the shuffle.

I remember her brother Bobby.. OMG! I had to WORST crush on him growing up. :) He was and probably still is one of the most beautiful men I have ever seen, with the exception of my husband.. :) Okay, so I threw that one in for good measure, LOL!

Anyway, my best friend in my later years is Deborah. She came into my life in 1995, and I truly believe that she appeared in my life for a reason. She taught me so much about being a large woman and loving my body for what it was, instead of beating myself up because I did not fit into the "super model" frame of reference for acceptable women's body types. We even stopped speaking for a couple of years over something that I did. Thank God we are friends again. I finally convinced her that my apology was sincere after groveling for 2 years. She did come to my wedding, and we have been close since then, but I wonder if we will ever be as close as we once were. I am just thankful that I did not lose her friendship forever. Funny, she doesn't know how very much I am grateful for that.

Anyway, I don't want to take up too much of your time..I tend to start writing something and I lose all track of time.

Have you ever found yourself writing something that you knew the content of in the beginning of the letter, story, etc...only to look up a significant amount of time later having absolutely NO idea what came after the 2nd paragraph? That is what happens when I come to your blog and respond to one of your posts. I don't know why I just lose myself when I am writing to you. It is kind of strange.. A good strange.. I usually write in my journal like that, but not to someone that I have never met or conversed with on a regular basis. Thank you for reading my long posts.. I sincerely appreciate your approachability to this writer from a small, podunk town in North Carolina. I hope that you can make to an East Coast book signing in the future.

I am currently listening to Summer Island.. I am on chapter 8 right now. Ruby just found out from Nora that Eric has cancer and is dying..I can tell this is going to be a tear jerker as well!

Firfly was a really great read; however, I cannot say that I wanted to see Kate's fate happen the way, but after listening to the post script that you wrote, it makes sense. I am sorry that happened to your mom. I am trying not to give away the ending, by the way. I may be losing the fight, though.

Oh, I almost forgot.. I am not so sure that a sequel to Firefly Lane would be a great thing to do. I just don't know how much further you could take all of the main players in the book. That would not be the case with Magic Hour, because the way that book ended left an opening for a continuation of it. The way that Firefly ended..I can't say that it would make a whole lot of sense to continue on..A movie/mini-series would be perfect though.. :)

Thanks for the fabulous read! I will be writing a review for the book on my eBay account/store pages. I will also be telling anyone who would read my own blog about all of your books that I have listened to or read to date.. You would not believe it, but I have an old paperback copy of Mystic Lake in one bathroom, Summer Island playing as I write this post, and several other hardback copies from the library to comb through when I am done with these 2 books, not to mention the other MP3 books in my drawer patiently waiting for their turn in my stereo..

Thanks so much for ALL that you do..Enjoy the rest of your tour!


February 18, 2008 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Linda said...


Firefly is consistently showing up in the various top 20 bookseller review lists.

I saw the hardcover edition hit around 14, the audio unabridged CDs came in at #7, and most of the other editions available are hovering around 14. Yay! I am so excited!

I told one of my best friends to get Firefly to listen to. Of course, I had to also tell her about Magic Hour.. :)

Anyway, you probably know where your book is standing in the various listings, but I just got the list of the top selling audiobooks along with other publisher lists, and it was so cool to have actually listened to some of the books there.

I hope your tour is going well for you.

February 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Kristin- I just finished "Firefly Lane", today.. I couldn't put it down until it was over, because I didn't want to miss anything! It was THAT intriguing.
I really love the bond that Tully and Kate had. They could yell, call each other names, and become friends again, the next week..It really was a special bond between them.
I was so saddened by Kates death. She was such a wonderful Mom and friend, that is was hard seeing her go. I feel that Kates position, as a mom, hit home with me. I try to do anything I can for my kids that sometimes It doesn't feel enough for them..But I guess that's how motherhood is. I admired Kate to keep going even though times were tough for her and Marah.
Thanks for making these two characters so real for your readers. It was a great read....


February 24, 2008 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Linda--

Somehow in the craziness of my tour, I missed this lovely letter from you! Mea culpa. Sorry for not answering. It's so cool to hear about your friends and how you've been able to keep in touch with some and not others. Isn't the way of it for all of us? And how totally cool that your friend kept those letters all those years? It shows how much your friendship meant to her. It's so important to touch peoples' lives. Sometimes we do it, and make a difference, without even knowing it. I hope so anyway.

Now tell us about your blog and where it is and how we can go to it. And how do you know about the bestseller status of Firefly? I didn't even know about the audio list. You must be in the know, girlfriend. :)


March 6, 2008 at 9:52 PM  

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