Everyone can probably imagine how it would feel to be a musician, singer, or songwriter and hear the radio playing your music while you’re driving down the street. The CD’s been released, which was great, but right now you know that at this very moment people are enjoying music or lyrics you created.
I felt a little like this today. I like to write when I can at a coffee house in Mountlake Terrace, WA called Urban City Coffee. The baristas are great and it has a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Today, I set up where I normally do, hooked up my computer, set down my coffee, and began to write. Sitting in the central sitting area were a young man and woman. He was working on his laptop while she read. I glanced at her book and something looked familiar. I then realized she was reading one of my books.
I was thrilled. I’ve seen my books on store shelves, which is another thrill in it’s own right for an author, but this is the first time I’ve encountered a person actually reading my book, “in the wild.”
To add to the excitement, at one point she said to her companion, “This is a good book. Listen to this,” and then she read him a portion. I couldn’t hear what she’d read, but they both laughed (that’s okay, it’s a humorous book), and appeared to enjoy it.
I stayed for about an hour and a half or so, they left about five minutes before I did, and were already there when I arrived. She sat reading my book for at least an hour and a half straight. I don’t know who that reader was, she had no idea her book’s author was sitting a few feet away, but she made my day.