Up until yesterday. I could talk to most of my fans. I knew them by name. I have been selling more books than what I have for friends and family. So what happened yesterday, was going to happen.
I was at the Enchanted Bazaar, picking up my leather jacket, and a customer came in. Turns out she bought Fledgling a few weeks ago, and was coming in to buy Killer.
"It's so cool I get to meet you!" she said.
That was a surreal moment.
We talked about the books. She told me what she liked "Beka blossoms!" and "Why can't I find a man like Steopa?"
Like I said it was surreal. It wasn't a book signing. It wasn't someone sending me an email, text, or twitter how much they loved the book (which has already happened). This was a random face to face meeting.
Now granted, she would not have known who I was if it wasn't for the employee pointing me out (actually pulling me away from the leather worker). I don't put my picture on my books, so she would not have recognized me on the street. It made me feel strange. But happy. Very happy.
So now I cannot wait for January, when I will be editing the third book of the series, to get it ready for publication (aiming for May or June). I know there are people chomping at the bit to read more, but to see the excitement in her eyes about something I created. That is a charge that I can't really describe.
For those of you curious. The third book will be called Patriarch. It will be about Steopa and, of course, Beka.