Last weekend I returned to my hometown for a book signing that took place at my parent's restaurant, Louisiana BBQ, in Joliet, IL. I reconnected with friends and family that I haven't seen in a minute because I am not home these days too often. But no matter. I was welcomed with opened arms and loved only as a prodigal daughter could be loved–that is to say wholly and warmly.
My hometown crew accepted me as a writer and bought my book and praised my first one. (What a nice surprise to learn that many had also enjoyed Collette's Caleb and very much looked forward to MidCoast Star. )
I don't say it enough, but I love my Joliet friends and family and am grateful for their continued support of my endeavors. They make going back home that much easier.
Love to them all.