My book is coming out next month.
This is such a rush of emotions. To realize a book I have put my entire heart into is going to be published in just a few short weeks is enough to make me..... I don't even know how to explain how that feels. Yes, that's how it feels. Aisha who loves to put words to every single thing doesn't know the word to explain just how this feels. It's joy, amazement, anxiety, humbledness [is that a word, probably not, see? I'm telling you- I am tongue-tied over here!]
It's weird to be at this stage because a book is such a solitary thing. You cannot write a book with crowds of people. A book is all about quiet time, solitude and being alone with your thoughts.
But it's a lie to say a book is created entirely in solitude. At least it would be a lie to say that about my book. I've had support. I've had friends and family through the years encourage me to keep at it. There were many times I just about gave up- and there were many times I was encouraged to keep at it. Sometimes it was family, sometimes it was friends, sometimes it was sweet encouraging people I met along the way imparting a gift of kindness to me. And sometimes its been here, the readers of this blog. I've been writing at this space for eleven years now. Some of you are recent readers, but some of you have been here since the start. You may have even seen my first post saying I think I want to write a novel, and you told me to go for it.
Thank you for that.
If you live in my neck of the woods and are free March 28th please join me at Little Shop of Stories to celebrate, eat samosas and cupcakes and hang out at a fabulous local indie bookstore. I'd be lying if I said I'm just sitting here serene as a petunia in a flower field about this- I debated long and hard about having a party, I'm on the quieter side and a party for my book felt funny, but I'm doing it because you only have one debut launch and why not celebrate it with people who like the book, people who care and people who have supported me.
I would love to see you there. The facebook event is here but I also have a pretty little evite I made that I can also send if you leave me your address in the comments.