My last stop on my BC book tour was Victoria, BC, on June 15th. I have to thank Kevin and Lise for taking such great care of me and for squeezing me in to their busy pre-Harry schedule. They have already started the Harry Potter party and have some decorations up. Thank you for taking such great care of me and for the water and Chai tea latte! The other Chapters staff members were also awesome, including Pari, Teb and Jeremy. You guys rock!!
Thanks also to Pete, the mike guy, who had a great sound system set up so I could do readings. We had about 12 chairs set up too. I actually read from Whale Song and The River...TWICE! That was the most reading I'd done at one signing, and I have to admit, I loved it! I also enjoyed talking to the customers afterward.
A special thank you to some wonderful people for stopping by and talking to me, for welcoming me and for buying my novels: to Edith and Leni (I think they are sisters) who both bought Whale Song; Adam, my youngest customer who was drawn to Whale Song three times; Colby, who bought Whale Song for a friend; Wanting, a delightful Chinese woman who chatted with me about Whale Song; and Lorraine, an avid book lover and proud mom who is inspired by poetry and motivational works. Thank you for sharing that poem! I enjoyed it. To everyone who congratulated me on all the movie interest, I thank you.
In the end, it is the people that I have met in Victoria and the Vancouver area who made my work all the more worthwhile. It is that way wherever I go. Each wonderful person leaves an impression, a mark on my soul. Thank you for being part of my journey and part of my 2007 BC Book Tour! :)
After driving every day since June 5th, I am glad to be home. Today was my daughter's 17th birthday. I still recall bunny blankets, Barbies and party dresses. But I don't see them anymore. Instead, I see lip rings, makeup and a boyfriend. How time flies!
Life is a journey. One exciting step at a time, one movement forward, toward destiny or fate...I can't wait!
~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif