So, my book debuts tomorrow. In a way, I never thought this day would come, similar to how I felt when I was eight days overdue to deliver my second baby. They tell you the baby can’t graduate from college in there, but delusional with hormones, stress and discomfort, it’s hard to believe you’ll get to the other side.
But, just like I finally managed to get that baby out of there (she’s doing fine out in the world, despite her reluctance to ever leave my womb), Real Life & Liars is out now, too. For those keeping score at home, it’s been sixteen months since it sold at auction, about three years since I first started writing it, and more than six years since I quit my day job to focus on my child and do a little creative writing between freelance assignments.
I’m used to waiting, though.
As a kid, I had a late fall birthday, but thanks to my love of Sesame Street, I was plenty ready for kindergarten at the tender age of four. Academically, this was never a problem for me. Socially, however, it meant that all of my friends were older and jumped all the hurdles ahead of me. They got their driver’s licenses first, for example, and got to date first. And in college, there were several nights I stayed home watching videos because I couldn’t get into the cool bars yet.
I won’t lie, the waiting was hard. I felt like I would never, ever get there (see a pattern?). But maybe this partly explains why I like to savor things. I was the kid at Christmas who took forever to unwrap each gift: shaking it, peeling the paper gradually, then admiring it and playing with its little parts before moving on. I’d have a stack of still-wrapped gifts next to me while everyone else had blown through their unwrapping. But it took a whole year to get to Christmas! Why not enjoy it? Draw it out! Make it last all day!
I don’t know exactly how I’ll spend tomorrow, my launch day. But considering it was six years in the making, I won’t be in any rush for it to end.
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p.p.s. Deb reader Larramie announces that The Divining Wand debuts today with a post titled, “Presenting Debutante Kristina Riggle and Real Life & Liars“. Read it here.