Dan is too cool to sit down with us.
Friday was the last day of my tour with Kimberly Derting and Dan Wells.
And it was perfect.
Ginny Bride picked us up from the airport. She was waiting at the bottom of an escalator with all three of our books. It was like out of a movie or something.
The weather in Boston was sunny and gorgeous. Ginny took the time to show us around a bit before dropping us off at the hotel. Guys, Boston is so beautiful. Kim texted her husband and informed him they were moving here. I texted my husband and suggested it for our five year anniversary trip. Dan turned to his hat and murmured something about never leaving. And something else about Cheers.
After dropping off our luggage, we wandered around for a bit. I took a picture of the place where the Boston Massacre happened. Kim and Dan ate big ol' lobsters. Then we hurried back to the hotel to get ready for the event. (And no, I did NOT get locked out of my hotel room three times.)
Ginny drove us to the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, where we met Dee, the event coordinator. She was sooooo energetic and hospitable. I think her plan was to amp up our energy, as well, because we were all dragging by the end of the tour. She snuck a few shots of espresso into my smoothie and told us all about her store, which is the #4 B&N in the U.S. in terms of sales.
Then we met Cindy from Books Complete Me, who interviewed us before the event and tweeted using the #pitchdarkdays hashtag all night. She was so organized and professional. Awesome job, Cindy!
The crowd kept us on our toes, asking us about the best and worst parts of the writing process, how to break into publishing, and our most embarrassing teenage stories. Kim's story made my jaw drop. I won't share it here... you'll have to get her to tell it.
We had the best time. The bittersweet moment was on the elevator afterward, when the three of us had to say goodbye. Going on tour is a funny thing--we got thrown together, made fast friends, and I hope we'll stay in touch. Kim and Dan are amazing people and writers.
I said it repeatedly last night, and I'll say it again. I had a blast. Thank you so much for organizing this, Harper!