Well, you could if you were anywhere near Walden Books at Southridge Mall in Milwaukee Tuesday night. The tiny bookstore was overflowing when over 130 faithful fans showed up to hear Debbie Macomber speak and sign her new book Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern For Your Life.
And speak she did, from the heart. Debbie told the awestruck audience that her friend gave her the idea for the book. When Debbie complained that she didn’t have time to write this particular nonfiction book (she already produces 3 fiction books a year), her friend said, "Write up the speeches you give now and all the stories you tell."
So Debbie took her stories and speeches and divided them into chapters. The end result is a delightful, inspiring read. Debbie’s portion of the proceeds from this book and the pattern knitting books go to Warm Up America!, Project Linus and Guideposts Knit for Kids.
After her talk, fans patiently lined up to have her sign both new books they just purchased and special books from home. Denise, a children’s librarian, clutching a copy of The Shop on Blossom Street, said she went on an Author’s at Sea cruise and met Debbie, but never got the book signed at the time. Denise was thrilled with the opportunity to reconnect with Debbie. "I got to knit with Debbie Macomber on the cruise. We all put our pieces together to make blankets for her charity Warm America. She’s a very special person."
Armed with deposit slips from my checkbook (okay, my purse strap broke before I left home and I grabbed a smaller purse, but only shoved in my wallet and essentials..gum, lipstick and camera. Alas, no notebook. At least I had a pen…ok, it was attached to my checkbook), anyway I strayed into the fray to ask these loyal reader why they would venture out on such an ugly night (severe thunderstorms).
Wendy: Debbie is my favorite author no matter which series of books of hers I read. I love the variety.
Shelley: Just because she’s Debbie Macomber! Her books are fun to read and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. (You’re in luck, Shelley, 74 Seaside Avenue is coming out next week)
Teri: I loved every book. I identify with the characters and it makes me feel good.
Stasi: I came for my mom. She loves Debbie Macomber, but she lives 4 1/2 hours away. (I then asked Stasi if she reads Debbie’s books) I haven’t yet, I’m not a reader, but after listening to her speak, if I was a reader, I’d read them."
Sandy and Kathy (sisters): We are fans of her creative writing. We fell in love with the Angel series and now share all her books.
Suzanne: I love her. I just started reading in January, after I had surgery, and since that time have read 20 of her books.
Everyone wanted to talk about their reasons for being there, but I ran out of deposit slips. Rats!! Regardless, it was obvious this was a lovefest and the Queen was smiling brightly, while signing books, for her adoring subjects.
Bottom line: Add to wish list: Purse with attached notebook and pen.
Fans Karen and Sandy with Debbie Macomber………….New RWA member Anne Parent and Debbie
Cruise buddies Denise and Debbie
(Happy 50th Birthday Denise!!)