I went to a book launch for Kerri Sackville in Canberra a few months ago. Kerri had written a book – The Little Book of Anxiety – and she came to the Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka and well, she was lovely. I’ve been reading her blog and following her tweets for years so, you know, I felt like if I got to meet her we would totally be BFFs forever.
But I got stage-fright when I met her (as she was signing my copy of her book) and I couldn’t overcome my anxiety (how ironic) and say hello, I’m @eatshootblog and I know if you got to know me we would totally be BFFs forever. And she would look at me and smile and say to herself I totally know what I’m going to write about next: crazy stalker fans. I’m so glad I didn’t say anything.
So the point of this blog post is to let you know that Maggie Alderson (Maggie! Alderson!) is coming to Canberra and despite the near certainty that I will make a fool of myself I am going to her book launch and I am going to say hello, I’m @eatshootblog, and you are the reason I wanted to be a writer.
It’s true. Well, partly true. The other part is that I was also reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert a few years ago and that book got me all fired up to Do Something With My Life. The thing I had thought that I might like to do was to write a book, something that might appeal to the same women who read and love Maggie Alderson’s books. So with the inspiration to do it, and a half-baked plot, I sat down, tried to channel Maggie Alderson, and I wrote a book.
And I would just like to say hi, I’m Trish, aka @eatshootblog, and you have inspired me to do something that has brought me such an enormous amount of joy and satisfaction and I will always be very grateful. Also, I love your books. And would you like to go out for a cocktail after?