I miss Harry.
And I am envious of JK Rowling. Oh, I don't envy her cash (richer than the queen..richer than this queen for sure!) or her fabulous life-style or her fame or really anything except this one thing. This one Special Thing.
You see, Jo connected with readers (middle grade and up) in a way that no one else had before...or likely will again for a long time. She resonated with the hearts and minds of her readers in such a close, close way.
Harry, Ron and Hermoine....they are like family.
What a gift to be able to touch so, so many readers and make them wish for an owl, clutching an acceptance to Hogwarts, flying down the chimney flue and into their lives.
My kids grew up with Harry. And in a way, I did, too. Reading Harry's story made me admit to myself that someday I wanted to write more than just picture books. JK Rowling made me feel like such a dream was worth pursuing.
So, Harry and Jo, thanks. From the bottom of my heart.
And yes, I went to a midnight showing. It.Was.Awesome.
Speaking of AWESOME, hilarious author Carrie Harris is doing something really cool. Yes, this is even cooler than her year of Give Backery. This time, she has organized an auction called Night of the Giving Dead. The auction will benefit the children of CS Mott Children's Hospital. This event is very close to Carrie's heart and WOW, she certainly has a lot of support from the writing community! She got donations from MANY great authors including some NYT Bestselling folks (I am not going to tell you who they are...just look at the list, my friends. Look now.)
And, somewhere in there is little ol' me. (Okay, stop twisting my arm...I'll give you the link!) Here it is.
So, help Carrie help some kids who are dealing with stuff we all hope we never have to deal with. (And you don't have to bid on my books...bid on something...ANYTHING!) Er...um...but don't bid against me on anything.