|Before the party started! LOL|
Speaking of staying grounded ... that is an important thing when you're doing work that puts you in the spotlight. You can get really caught up in your own hype. I see authors who have actually bemoaned the idea that they're going to be in the spotlight. I try to counsel them that it's all about building a fan base for your book, and you should not think of it as being all about you. Stay focused on the work itself -- and that's what will, in fact, ground you. All of the hype and media is just external stuff. I was getting so nervous about the release of my sexy book California Girl Chronicles until I reminded myself it's a book. It's not me. And if you mistake my heroine Brea as being me ... well, let's just say that would put me in the category that includes traits such as bad judgment and weak. Those who do know me, know neither of those characteristics apply. So remember: you are not your book!! or film ... or iTune ... or whatever! It's an expression of something.