My weekend at BookMania

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending BookMania in Stuart, Florida for the Blake Library in Martin County. What a terrific festival! I saw familiar and friendly faces with Louis Bayard, James Swain, and DeLaune Michel (my cousin!), and made new friends in David Ebershoff, James Reese, Deborah Sharp, Diane Hammond and Rick Bragg. I learned that Karin Slaughter’s one of the funniest people on the planet. And I hit golf balls with Lisa Unger, who has the best outlook on writing.

Surrounded by talented and bestselling writers at these festivals, it can be tempting to start making comparisons: to wonder if you’re selling enough, if your books are in the front of enough stores, etc. Lisa reminded me that all of that is out of a writer’s control. The most we can do is to appreciate the gift we’ve been given, to be thankful for the opportunities we have to write, and to do the best we can to be better every day. So today I’m going to write with that in mind. So thanks, Lisa. You rock (except at golf).