My friend’s daughter, Lauren, was at the Jersey shore last week on vacation with her dad’s family. Lauren was on the beach with her cousin when the cousin pulled out a book. And it was mine!! So Lauren told her that she knew me, that she’d known me since the day she was born. I was like, “You didn’t tell her about the book and then she went out and bought it?” And Lauren said, nope, her cousin bought it on her own without any idea that Lauren knew me.

It was really strange because I actually forget sometimes that readers buy my books without knowing me. Without being a relative or the daughter of a friend of mine. And I feel like I know so many of my readers because they email me and I email them back. So to have a “stranger” pull out my book in front of a girl I’ve known for so long was pretty cool, if unexpected.

I just hope she liked the book.