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Thursday, September 21, 2006

The boy named Sam

Day 15 of the book tour brings easily the most rewarding moment. I'm in Boston, Mass, with an hour to kill before the event at Brookline Booksmith begins. The vital piece is that it was in a restaurant on that very street that I first said, "I'm going to write a novel." The second vital piece is that there's also a comic shop on that street that I used to shop at. So to kill time, I dart into the comic shop, pick up a few books, and sign some comics for the manager.

Ten feet away, this boy and his Mom see me signing. The boy (Sam) doesn't know me from Eve, doesn't care what I do, but man, is he excited that I'm signing Justice League. So excited that he begs Mom to buy one...and when the manager tells them about my book signing across the street, he begs Mom to go to the event.

And Sam shows up, novel in hand. He didn't care what it was about. Didn't care if anyone else was there. He was just excited to meet a real writer.

In twenty years, I'm gonna be standing in line at Sam's booksigning. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Off to Philadelphia...



sammy.the.k said...

My name is Sam and I hope one day you are my book/comic signing! Ill be at yours in Round Rock since I missed you in Dallas

Cheryl said...

And having met you and having had the opportunity to hear you speak and see what a genuine down-to-earth person that you are, I know that you will uphold your promise to be at Sam's booksigning! What a pleasure to have met you in Michigan and know that a true quality, generous, and "real" person, my favorite author, creates the books I love to read! Cheryl