Monday, May 11, 2015
Jane Kirkpatrick. More Than Fame.
I didn't even take any pictures! But it didn't seem to matter because just seeing and hearing her was smashing.
Famous authors often run with a 'gang' of handlers. The agent, the manager, the stylist, and a host of others who make it their business to grow their business. They flutter around the author, making that person feel highly important, hugely essential. Today, however, we met a famous author who wasn't even thinking of herself at all. No phalanx of body guards warding off the adoring public. No salespeople standing at the book table to make their case and sell as many as possible.
It was all simply Jane herself, exactly what we wished to see. As we entered, there was a table practically groaning with lovely snacks looking all delicious. The table included homemade shortbread with cinnamon, sugar cookies, blueberry muffins, chocolate macaroons, tuna square sandwiches, and - my personal fave - 'Scones from Rosie's'! I have yet to work out who Rosie is or was, but did try the plain scone. It was super tasty. Ladies sat sampling these delicacies while waiting for the main event, quietly chatting. And then, our hostess stood.
It was time for us to meet Jane, a prospect which caused all thoughts of food to skedaddle. What we were about to receive was better than mere food! It was sustenance. Her topic was Spirituality Through Prayer Journaling, and we all enjoyed an hour of true stories, faith lessons, and (hurrah-hurray!) exceptional tips for writers and writing in general. Exactly what the SconeLady needed! I am now the proud owner of a book I am certain to enjoy and learn from: The Daughter's Walk. I am already quite thoroughly hooked.
If you ever have a chance to see and to hear Jane Kirkpatrick, dear Readers, do not dawdle, do not delay - just go. You will be so glad you did.
In my own work toward completion of a Book, I have experienced a series of small steps as day by day, the thing is written. Today's guidance from Jan Kirkpatrick was much more like One Giant Leap - if not for all mankind, then for one small and budding author.
See you along the way!