When I got my book deal, way back in 2008, I had to keep it secret until it was announced in Publisher’s Weekly. Now, there’s SECRET and there’s “secret.” I counted this as the kind of secret where I could tell my family. So I called my dad.
He was awestruck and silent. Then he said: “This is the proudest I’ve ever been.” Pause. “Except for the day I married your mother.”
Isn’t that just the sweetest compliment EVER??
I should add that I have three siblings, of whom Dad is equally proud, with whom I share the honor of second place.
Here is a pic of Dad’s first-place proudest day: