Friday, December 21, 2007

Writing can be a humbling business

An elderly woman approached the table where I was signing books. I was at a mall in Virginia several years ago, and a banner on the wall behind me indicated I was there to do just that.

The woman stopped a few paces from my table. She looked at the sign. She looked down at me. She looked at the sign again. She looked at me again.

Finally, she spoke.

Are you him?” she asked.

“Yep,” I said. “I’m him.”

“Oh,” she said. “I was expecting someone a little huskier.”

But, bless her heart, she stepped up and bought a book despite her disappointment in my physical stature.

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