In mid-November, I traveled from Richmond, VA, to Jersey City, NJ, on an old-fashioned book tour. With me were six other authors of debut middle-grade titles: Caroline Carlson, Magic Marks the Spot (HarperCollins); Melanie Crowder, Parched (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Kit Grindstaff, The Flame in the Mist (Delacorte); Kristen Kittscher, The Wig in the Window (HarperCollins); Jennifer Ann Mann, Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry (Bloomsbury); and A.B. Westrick, Brotherhood (Viking). We had an extraordinary time meeting readers in different venues. But we also loved getting to know each other. And that included making time for downtime together too. Of all the tour moments, my favorite might have been (not pictured) the moment that we all sat at a wine bar together, reading our books and drinking wine and not talking. Alone, together.
Thanks to Jen Mann for putting together this great photo collage.