An aspect of my speaking some might not know is the flood of emotions that follow. Last night, my friend Mary Jane and I traveled to Fulton so I could share in Fulton at the CNY Art's Center, as part of their "Author Spotlight". This monthly event is organized by Jim Farfaglia ~ a gentleman with a heart to promote local authors and the arts. His introduction of "who" I was and his response to reading Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey touched my heart to say the least. Thank you Jim and Nancy for the invite and a beautiful evening.
It was an intimate group and I found myself sharing things I don't normally. One thing I've learned through this process is to trust God when He places something on my heart to share. Each time I've shared an unplanned tidbit, God brings someone forward to share how that exact part helped them. God is very cool like that, He knows what we all need, when we need it, and how we need to hear it.
While last night wasn't the first time I've spoken or had a book signing, it was the first time I was asked to "read" my book aloud and talk about it. This was difficult because as I read the memories, emotions, and sadness overcame me. I found myself fighting back tears more than normal. To read Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey takes me back to 1994 in an instant, a feature that is usually the first one complimented by readers, yet as the sister living this journey ~ it triggers the memories.
I'm thankful for my friend Vie's encouragement to write Where's Heidi? in the present tense. She was correct, it made for a more enjoyable read, for you, the reader. My friend Laurie shared this song with me via Facebook this week and as I listened, I just cried. This is such a beautiful song. I don't know how long its been out but I've heard it for the first time this week. A powerful song, to say the least.
This weekend we'll be having a "Book Party" on the "Where's Heidi?" Facebook page. If you haven't liked the page yet, be sure to do so. Tomorrow's blog will have information about the party and how it will work. This will be an interactive, fun, and modern way to share Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey, ask the author questions, and meet others who have read or are reading my books.
Thank you all for remembering Heidi!!
Don't Worry... When do you need this reminder?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323