I didn’t tell my mother that I was releasing a novel until my author website went up. All I said to her was, “Go to quaniemiller.com.” She did. She called me back, bursting with excitement. “When is this coming out???”
“In October. As an ebook.”
“Hold on,” she said.
She called me back with my Aunt Donna on three way who, after congratulating me, said, “Well, I saw it already.”
I said, “Saw what?”
“The book cover.”
“Well, Tara and Gabe posted it.” Tara and Gabe are my cousins.
My mom said, “Now, tell her, Quanie. When is it going on EBay?”
I said, “It’s not going on EBay. It’s going to be an ebook.”
“Through Twitter, right?”
My aunt said, “I have a Twitter account.”
“Yeah. But I don’t remember what it is.”
“Let me try and find it,” I said. I found it and asked her, “Why are you following MC Hammer?”
She said, “Well, I follow all the celebrities. Hang on. I’m gonna put this on Facebook.”
My mom interjected: “And make sure you put Quanie Q-Ball Mitchell who used to be in a rap group in New Iberia, Louisiana.” (When I saw my aunt’s posting it said just that.)
Soon after, I talked to my grandmother who cut straight to the chase: “Am I in the novel?” I should mention that my grandmother shows up in almost everything that I write because she’s a riot.
“And why not?”
“I know I’m in there somewhere. I’ll be waiting for my cut,” she said.
I couldn’t do anything but laugh. I’ve spent this whole weekend responding to congratulatory posts on Facebook and it dawned on me; I’ve been so busy doing the prep work for the novel’s release that I haven’t even had a moment to step back and be excited. I still have a to-do list about a mile long. Maybe on the release day I’ll be able to step back and take it all in.
Anyway, here’s the cover that was heard round the world this weekend.
Am I getting excited? I think I am. I feel a praise dance a-brewin’ in 3, 2, 1…