BONUS BLOG: TAKING A ZEBRA TO A BOOK FESTIVAL
Two weekends ago I had the honor and privilege of being one of the many authors to participate in Kathy L. Patrick’s Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend weekend. (www.pulpwoodqueen.com) For those of you not familiar with the Kathy or her work, she’s promoted literacy through her book club chapters, not only in the U.S., but in at least five other countries. She’s a vibrant, wonderful lady who happens to love Tarzan and Africa, and this weekend looked to be exciting, fun, and very unusual.
Now, I’m a hermit at heart. I’m not even on facebook. I’d be more comfortable with being on getoutamyfacebook. Large groups are difficult for me. I always flashback to when I taught junior high and high school and expect a parent-teacher conference. (“Hello,” I say, “my name is Suzanne Arruda.” “Oh,” says the lovely other person. “Oh, I love your mystery books in Africa, but I was wondering why you gave my daughter a B- on that last test.”) You get the idea. I needed to do something to bolster my courage.
Now, I know that most of the attendees went to this event with friends. It makes everything more fun. I took Mr. Yum Yum – he’s a stuffed zebra.
(Mr. Yum at home with his good friend, Mrs. Goober (alias Simba Jike)
It might not have been my best choice – he does get car sick, and I hated to have him lose his stuffing all over the back of the clean car. But he promised to be my best bet to help me out at the “Come as a Barbie fashion show.” I came as safari Barbie, and Mr. Yum Yum graciously let me take not one, but two shots at him with my cap rifle. (yes, I carried a real knife and a toy rifle to this event – It was in Texas! They know how to deal with it! And for some reason, my husband didn’t want to let me shoot at him.)
(Mr. Yum and the author ready for action)
In short, Mr. Yum Yum was a great hit, the weekend was wonderful, and my greatest thrill came when N.Y. Times bestselling author Mr. Pat Conroy actually bought my latest book, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah. How cool is that?
Oh, and I believe Mr. Yum Yum is thinking about going on facebook. And visit me at www.suzannearruda.com