Okay, admittedly, I don't talk about books often when I'm out in the real world. But I couldn't help myself today. Today, I found a copy of my friend, Silver James' first Harlequin release - Cowgirls Don't Cry.
I snagged the last copy at Walmart.
So there I was in checkout and the cashier scans my purchase. I held out my hand, because books never go in with the groceries in my world. I slide them into my gargantuan purse (it has pockets that are just right for keeping a paperback safe). She hands me the book and I hug it to my chest - natch. And she looks at me like I just slipped a gear.
I turn the book face out toward her and say "This is my friend's book. Her first Harlequin release." I may have squeed a little.
And that's when the questions started.
"How old is she?" Umm, I don't really know. We never talked about her age. Older than me, I think.
"So, she's like married and settled, with kids and stuff?" Yep.
"Where's she from?" Oklahoma.
"She must be selling well, if they're all gone." Yep.
"Well, I'll have to look for her book at another store." Cuz, yeah, I snagged the last copy in her store.
I didn't really think anything of it until I was on the way home. And then the questions seemed really odd - like she either didn't believe I actually know Silver, or she was assuming those books are all written by people with no lives. I don't know. Yes, folks, real people really do write for Harlequin. Real people actually write most of the stuff that's out there in the world. (Some things might be written by fake people, but I wouldn't know for certain.)
I wasn't brave enough to tell her my own book will be out in March. She said something about how she guessed there were people out there who had the talent for writing books, and people out there who wrote books and still didn't have any talent. She also said she loves to read but doesn't have much time for it anymore.
I did tell her, if she likes modern day cowboy romances, to look for Silver's books - this one and the next Red Dirt Royalty.
Was those questions weird or was that just me? If someone told you they knew an author, what kinds of questions would you ask them?