So I've always been one of those who walk alone (no, I'm not a Twilight actor). This used to be the norm for twitchy, geeky authors. It's somewhat dismaying to have to push yourself in the other direction and become a social butterfly when your inner child prefers to crawl into bed and pull the covers over its head.
Ah, well. I've done the life of skewed identity before. You get used to juggling your private self and public self as a reporter. It was usually possible to switch hats without things getting too crazy. (On one occasion, I glanced out the window while washing the supper dishes to notice a neighbor's house in flames across the street. I finished washing the dishes before I went to cover it.)
Public participation in the world is a demand of many professions, though it is certainly harder to keep up with if you're famous. I remember an RN friend who was outgoing and friendly with all her patients. She was well-liked as a result. But I knew her in her private life and she was actually one of the shyest people I have ever met (never even learned to dance until she was 28 years old, having been raised in a fairly strict Mennonite family).
So what am I doing that's public? I'm experimenting with an alliance set up by fellow author Angela Kulig to sell/give away eBooks as below. I've thrown in a Blood Tied story as my contribution at 99 cents. I would like to do a freebie, but I went a little crazy using up my free days in the past two months. Too bad I didn't know this was coming.
If you'd like to sample a story from my Blood Tied Series or pick up a book/story from one of the other authors participating, this is the place: http://bit.ly/1xr13fQ
I hope every one of you had a wonderful holiday with your family and I wish you all the best in the New Year!