I’m in a state of disbelief another year is just about gone, and so, what better time to gather up some pictures and share them here, thereby providing a “snapshot” of 2016 in review!
To say it’s been a wonderful, fun filled, exciting time doesn’t even come close to how I really feel. The holidays are almost here and I find I’m in a reflective mood, feeling ever so grateful for all that’s happened while looking forward to what 2017 might bring.
In March, page proofs arrived for THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE.
Then came the ARC (notice the cover) and book plates. So exciting to see!
July and August 2016 = typical summer months. In other words, hot, hazy and humid, and a few violent storms.
And then? Unbelievably, (while also thinking FINALLY!) it was time for the book to release on October 25th! I held my official launch at Raleigh NC’s well known Quail Ridge Books, on November 1st. Not only did the staff have to bring out more chairs, they sold out of the books. 🙂 I had the best time, and was so thankful for all of my family and friends who came out to make it such a big success!
During this event, it was announced that THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE was selected as an Amazon Top Ten Pick for November, as well as being featured as the Debut Spotlight pick!
And that certainly helped to propel it here! (along with the Kindle and the Bookbub deals that ran almost simutaneously!)
In the meantime, Fall/Winter lists had been compiled, and the book made these lists!
It was a Library Journal Book Club Selection
And suddenly, folks were sending me pictures of the book from everywhere. Here we show Miss Dixie Dupree at the local Wal-Mart, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Denver, Kentucky and Seattle.
So, you can see why I am feeling so grateful.
It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that this book, THIS story, would resonate with so many. It’s not an easy read. It deals with dark subject matter, social issues, and as one reviewer pointed out, “all the triggers are going to be pulled.” And, as I’ve mentioned before, The Washington Independent Review of Books said it was”a harrowing tale of domestic trauma with Southern Gothic flair.”
And there have been many more reviews, like that one, that removed a lot of the doubt I had about writing such a difficult story without mincing words.
Little Dog says, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!
I hope to see you back here, in 2017.