So, I thought I should tell this story about what happened with my mom when my books debuted on the NYT Bestseller Kids Lists. This was back when my mom was alive and everything.
First off, I should probably say for the five years or so before this my mom had been super sick with diabetes and all these horrible complications from it. She’d almost died a couple times. She’d been in the hospital a ton. And basically, that stunk.
The point is that she’d been through a lot.
And when she called me after hearing the news about the whole New York Times thing she screamed into the phone, “Oh my gosh. Ohmygosh. Oh God, Carrie. I’m hyper. I’m hyperventilating. I’m hyperventilating I’m so excited. Oh my gosh, I’m hyperventilating. I am so proud of you. Oh, I am so very very proud of you.”
Which pretty much cracked me up because it was cute!
Anyway, she had to get infusions or transfusions or something that same week.
She talked to the lab tech/nurse lady one day (the day before the NYT thing) and then the lady called back the next day after my mom had learned.
The woman who was super nice said, “Betty? What’s going on? Something happened. Your voice is different.”
At this point my mother had her prou- mom moment and told her. The woman was all excited for her. It was hard not to be excited for my mother.
My mother’s appointment was the next day and when she walked into the waiting room the receptionist said in a frantic tone, “She’s here! Betty’s here.”
Then everyone who worked at the lab came out and started applauding as my mom walked to the check-in desk.
One of them, she said, yelled, “It’s the mother of the New York Times bestselling author.”
So, I have to say three things:
1. I think the best moment in all of this totally belongs to my mom and I am so happy about that.
2. I hope all of you who are trying to be writers or have other awesome goals get a moment like that where you achieve something with someone’s support, and they get to celebrate too.
3. Even before COVID-19 healthcare workers, grocery store workers, farmers, first responders, teachers? They were making impacts. They were making a difference. They were making people like my mom feel so special. We should make them feel special too.
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One of our newest LOVING THE STRANGE podcasts is about the strange and adorably weird things people say?
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And Carrie has new books out! Yay!
You can order now! It’s an adult mystery/thriller that takes place in Bar Harbor, Maine. Read an excerpt here!
It’s my book! It came out June 1! Boo-yah! Another one comes out July 1.
And that one is called THOSE WHO SURVIVED, which is the first book in the the DUDE GOODFEATHER series. I hope you’ll read it, like it, and buy it!