When I first moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago, I used to walk the stacks of Book Soup, wondering how I would ever make it up onto those venerated shelves. Book Soup is one of the best independent bookstores in the country and an institution in West Hollywood… I was so daunted.
But last night, not only was my debut novel being carried on their shelves, but I got to speak there, sign autograph books there, SELL OUT of books there (thanks to all of my wonderful LA friends who showed up to support me). I will remember every person who was there forever.
Two things are really strange to me about last night:
One, I had some VERY dear, long-time friends come out for the event (and it wouldn’t’ve felt right if they hadn’t been there), but so many of the people who showed up were relatively new to my life (in the last 5 years or so)… actors, artists, writers… And I LOVED speaking to a room full of creative people. I have been in LA for 15 years and yet, last night, I felt like I was truly surrounded by people I loved. I felt like I had found my community. I felt at home.
The second thing is: I am currently traveling out of Los Angeles with — for the first time since I moved there 15 years ago — no concrete plans of returning. Mike and I are going on book tour; we don’t know where that will take us or where we will eventually land. I have a hard time believing I will never live in Los Angeles again, but I also know that it may be time for some new adventures for a while…
It’s a strange feeling, to have felt so loved and so comfortable and to be surrounded by so many great people who were excited for me only to be leaving it behind, at least for a while.
I’m embracing this new moment of travel and adventure. It’s a great moment. But Los Angeles, and all of the people there, know that I love you, I will miss you, and I am carrying you in my heart on this journey.
Thank you for being such an important part of this moment. I will never forget my first book signing — at Book Soup, on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Los Angeles.