Left: Mardi and me, Wayna Polk, Tommy Wideman; Below: Janlyn Thaxton, me, Margaret Hoogstra When I moved from Abilene seven years ago, I never dreamed I’d be coming back for a book signing–my own.
But when Glenn and Carol Dromgoole, owners of Texas Star Trading Company, graciously invited me to sign at their store during Abilene’s Dog Days of Summer ArtWalk, I jumped at the chance. (Below: Me with Glenn)
The best part was seeing several of my former Abilene High and Jim Ned High colleagues, former students, parents of former students, and old friends. I regret we didn’t have more time to visit. And I’m also sorry I didn’t get pictures of everyone, but my manservant was equally busy greeting old friends and taking care of Mardi, our little diabetic poodle.
Now that I’ve weathered three book signings, I should feel like a veteran. But I’ve discovered that signing books is more difficult than writing them–you actually have to think about what to say. On the spot!
Some people can’t walk and chew gum. I discovered long ago I can’t talk and think at the same time. No telling what I’ve written in people’s books, but a few stand out in my mind.
One woman wanted me to sign only my name so she could read the book first, then give it to a friend as a gift.
At the Abilene signing, Alex, a small, brown dog, brought his human companion along. Alex checked me out by sniffing my hand, and I assume he approved because he bought a copy of Dog Nanny and wanted it personalized to him. I hope he enjoys reading about the antics of two standard poodles with Texas big hair. Not so sure what he’ll think about the romance part.
So far my favorite signing was dictated to me by another former Abilenian who was purchasing a book for her elderly mother. The signature line went something like this: “Ann Whitaker, wife of Bill Whitaker, former front-page columnist of the Abilene Reporter-News.” Guess that shows me how I rank.
Hope some of you will come back on September 26 when we return for the West Texas Book and Music Festival at the Abilene Civic Center.
And here’s a link to the AR-N Web site if you like to look at pictures of dogs.