A Brush With Fame

There is a rhythm to my chaotic life these days. Mostly I toil away behind my computer--writing my books. Or behind the circulation desk--loaning library books. Or behind the microphone--hawking casino sweepstakes.

Rarely is any of this glamorous. Though once in a blue moon I do experience a celebrity type moment. Always unexpected. Always a thrill. Cut to three days ago at the library.

Me dressed down in corduroy cargo pants, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and clunky Doc Martins. Hair in a ponytail and wearing my red-rimmed glasses (glasses similar to the ones I recently saw on 'Ugly Betty'. Huh.) I zap the barcode of two bestselling suspense authors' books and hand them to a male patron. "Anything else I can do for you?"

Patron: Holds up a promo bookmark. "I'm looking for books by this author."

Me: Blink-blink. Blush. "Um. That's me."

Patron: "What?"

Me: Gesturing toward the name on the bookmark, feeling awkward and giddy at the same time. "That's me. I'm Beth Ciotta. My books are on the shelves. Would you like me to show you where they are?"

Patron: Nods and follows me. Pregnant pause then... "If you're an author, why are you working in a library?"

Me: Smiling. "Because I'm not Stephen King."

Patron: Laughs and chooses, not one, but two of my books. "When you're rich and famous, I'll have to come back for your autograph."

I'm kind of hoping that he or his wife will like the stories so much they'll want my autograph regardless of my non-celebrity status. Not that I care a flip about the autograph thing. He'd already given me a monumental thrill. Usually patrons ask to be directed to the latest book by Nora Roberts, James Patterson, or Mary Higgins Clark. This patron asked for me.

Now excuse me while I go back to doing the laundry. *g*

Comments

Barb said…
Wow, That is really great. You must have been flying. By the way, have there ever been any studies on what percentage of men would read a romance novel? Just curious.
Tori Lennox said…
How cool is that? Wow. The man is silly not to want your autorgraph now, though!
Taylor said…
That's really funny, Beth! I would've asked for your autograph instantly if I were him! Do I have an autograph from you? Well, I'll need one I guess!
Nancy Henderson said…
Beth, Are you going to the RT convention? I'm finally going this year, and I want to meet you!!! You have the best blog out there.
Beth Ciotta said…
Barb, there probably has been a study and as such there must be a percentage. I'm curious too now I'll look into it.

Tori, it was VERY cool. At least for me. LOL

Taylor, you can always photo copy my signature from the time sheet. *g* Just kidding. I'm thinking I should be asking YOU for an autograph. You're a future is bright indeed!
Beth Ciotta said…
Nancy, what a sweet thing to say. *sniffle* I'm so glad you like it here. As for RT, I'll be there with bells on! Just listen for the jingling. ;) Looking forward to meeting you in person!
Beth Ciotta said…
Barb, here you go...

According to RWA (Romance Writers of America) 22% of romance readers are male (a significant increase from the 2002 survey that showed only 7% of readers were male.)

Interesting, no?!
Brooks said…
I've heard that some male romance readers, do so to impress their girl friends/wives. That it translates to more sex. Now, THAT'S romantic!
Beth Ciotta said…
Brooks... just like a man. *g* Although, I've heard similar things as well. Like men who encourage their wives to read romance novels because the sexy scenes get the women all hot and bothered. Bonus for hubby. ;)
Barb said…
Very interesting stats indeed. I believe it can only be a benefit to them. The increase is great.

When and where is the next RT convention?
Beth Ciotta said…
Barb, this year RT is in Houston, Tx. April 25-29. For details visit www.rtconvention.com
RT is attended by readers, writer--published and unpublished, booksellers and librarians. There are workshops for beginning -advanced writers, as well as workshops for readers and booksellers. Lots of special events and parties. Fun and inspiring.

Thinking of coming?!
mernitman said…
Now that was a rare and wondrous thing! And I agree with Tori -- he should've had you sign his arm, shoulder or chest, right then and there...

(In all my years as "Leigh Anne Williams" I never had such an experience, for obvious reasons)
Beth Ciotta said…
That would have been a sight, Billy. *g*

Okay. Gotta ask. You wrote under Leigh Anne Williams? Well, not 'under' (heh), but as? For Harlequin? MAGIC HOUR? SPIRIT'S WILLING? Is that you? Inquiring minds...
ElsieHogarth said…
Beth, that's COOL. He'll be back.
Jewell said…
Wow Beth!

I got goosebumps over that. How thrilling!
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie and Jewell, I have to admit, it was pretty cool. *g* Just thinking about it makes me smile.
Anonymous said…
Heh, heh! This story just rocks. I wish I was there to witness it.

And you never know, if he's visited your library, you might have more fans come visit soon. :-)

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