When I heard through a Broad Universe communication that Anne E. Johnson was going to be reading from her science fiction novel, Green Light Delivery, at Head House Books in Philadelphia on May 19th (my father’s birthday), I decided to attend and show some support for a sister Broad. Dad would have approved of that. From a purely selfish standpoint, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a good long while!
Not only does Anne emit sincerity, she holds a crowd like a rock star when she reads! Of course, one cannot give Anne’s superior talent for public reading all the credit. Her writing talent gets a huge kudos for its part, too. The two excerpts in the reading were crisp, inventive, and . . . alive!
When Anne stopped reading, I was disappointed, but only until my mind could zoom back to the here and now, riding on the exhilarating knowledge that I could get this talented author to sign a copy of Green Light Delivery! Turnabout was fair play, after all. She’d captivated me, and now, I was going to do the same with her. Non-stalkerishly, you pessimists! Okay, well, maybe slightly stalkerishly.
Anne was so gracious that I felt guilty afterward, albeit WAY pleased with myself for snagging her autograph, but definitely NOT too proud to get hubby Walt to grab a snapshot of Anne’s genuine smile and my goofy astonishment (holding the coveted signed copy of the book, which didn’t quite make it completely into the photo…damn you, Murphy!).
It was a delightful way to spend a Sunday evening, and I look forward to reading the novel and its sequel, Blue Diamond Delivery, which is due for release June 25, 2013 by publisher Candlemark & Gleam.
For those of you who love lively science fiction that will keep you laughing and thinking at the same time but couldn’t come out to hear Anne read (so that you could get as lucky as I did in snagging an autographed print copy of Green Light Delivery), I have great news! Anne uses Authorgraph to sign digital copies of her works. Get thee to Authorgraph, buy a copy of the book, and Anne will sign it digitally for you!
Get thee also to calendar reminders for June so you can be the second in line for an autograph/authorgraph of Blue Diamond Delivery! (Get thee behind me, stalkers. I was here first!)