The Beast is not just an RV, it's a character in my book. Marcus bought the RV, a 24-foot-camper I never wanted, and now it plays a big role in my life. It is going to be home while I travel from Iowa to Portland, Olympia, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin and Jefferson, Texas.
To celebrate my book and the cross-country tour for it, the RV got a little face lift, a beautification project.
Here is the RV before:
Marcus would say. I used to tease him about commandeering his Wells Cargo motorcycle trailer (which he towed behind the RV) to use as a mobile pie shop. I also told him I would never, ever drive the RV. And now look. Uh, yeah.
In a way, the RV is a mobile pie shop as I am serving pie at every book event along the way.
Pie is a wonderful way to wow an audience. No matter what people think of the book, they always LOVE the pie -- all of it homemade. I know because I've already had two book events and had to watch the audience dig into their slices of apple crumble, cherry, Shaker lemon, and strawberry-rhubarb while I had to stand up and talk. No pie for me!
|My first book event at Barnes and Noble in West Des Moines, Iowa,|
the first day my book was in stores. March 27, 2012.
|Next I had a Book Launch Party at the American Gothic House Center|
next door to my house in Eldon, Iowa. March 31, 2012
|Look at that cute house in the background. I live there!!!!|
|Pie builds community. Always. In Eldon, even the mayor (Shirley Stacey)|
helps serve slices -- with Grant Wood looking over her shoulder.
Shirley's peach pie (and recipe) features in my book.
|Don't feel sorry for me. I still get to eat pie in between book readings|
and signings. On Saturday I got a slice of Arlene Kildow's PHENOMENAL
Coconut Cream pie! The recipe for it is in my book.
To follow my book tour and find me out on the road, my schedule is here:
And a new adventure begins....