Email This Post HomeHumorMy First Book Signing Complete with Costumes… Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 Humor, Literary Humor, Women's Humor 21 Comments Two months ago I received a frantic phone call from my mother-in-law, Mary, informing me that she’d scheduled a Pineapple Lies book signing at her book club at the end of August and that I’d have to come to Florida or her reputation would be tarnished forever and she would be ousted from her community as a dirty, dirty liar and false-promise maker. So, you know, the usual phone call you get from your mom or mother-in-law. Since Mary’s Florida community “The Gardens” is the inspiration for my Pineapple Port cozy mystery series and I couldn’t let her be locked in the stocks in the center of town, her son (a.k.a. my husband, Mike) and I booked tickets immediately! Here’s the book club portion of my “author chat and book signing” held at H2U in Bradenton, FL… The ladies were wonderful with comments and suggestions and I got to scribble my name on a bunch of books. Somebody suggested it took a chapter or two to really appreciate Pineapple Lies, so I had to promise to kill someone in the first sentence of the next book. Sure, they look like nice ladies, but they’re absolutely bloodthirsty. Following book club, Mary hosted a party in her community; one of those “come meet the famous author!” type parties where the author just turns out to be me. I had a book signing table… There was a cake… And some of the people who inspired characters in Pineapple Lies dressed up as their characters. Here’s “Darla” and her husband “Sheriff Frank.” Funny, I don’t remember writing these characters as total loons… My mother-in-law, “Mariska” decided her character definitely wore scarves, jewelry and nylons rolled down to her ankles and the ugliest shoes ever created by man. Again, I do not remember including these details in my novel… And here I am signing a book and tugging on my ear like a baseball coach. I’m not sure what I’m signalling. Probably that I need a cocktail. Here’s “Sheriff Frank” deputizing “Bob” (who becomes “Lance” when he drinks too much) and my husband. Apparently, this empowered them to frisk the ladies as they arrived at the party. The whole event was a TON of fun and I met a gaggle of wonderful ladies down in “Pineapple Port” who I hope to see again soon! But right now, I have to hurry up and finish the next book! Pineapple Lies Romantic Comedy/Cozy Mystery Slightly Stalky A romantic comedy walks into a bar… Angeli & Cherubim Funny/Thrilling Urban Fantasy Moms are Nuts Humor Anthology 26 Top Humorists! About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) A Screaming Bobcat, Another Free Book, Giveaway, Steals & Deals! - February 5, 2020 A Thank You & Free Short Story, Pineapple Disco 99c, Win a Kindle Reader - January 30, 2020 Two Big Favors (YOU can get me on TV), Giveaways and Deals - January 22, 2020 21 Responses EM Kaplan September 3, 2015 HILARIOUS! 1 likes Reply Joan September 3, 2015 I somehow started getting free books and then emails that were basically sent to everyone and seriously I wish this lady lived near me in CO. She has such an up attitude and when I’m depressed I always hope I will get something from her that is sure to make me laugh. What a great personality and I’M SURE THE COCTAILS DON’T HURT EITHER. 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 Dang, it looks like you figured out my secret Joan! 🙂 1 likes Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 Hey! I just went to your site – looks really good! 1 likes Reply Jackie Weger September 3, 2015 Amy! Just a wonderful, laugh out loud post! Love it! Congratulations on Pineapple Port series… what a crazy bunch of characters… I love ’em all. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 I’m lucky to have such an amazing mother in law!! 1 likes Reply Sally Max September 3, 2015 Your posts make my sides hurt. You are one of a kind! As always, I enjoyed every word…..it sounded like it was a blast! 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 It was a ton of fun – make me want to write even crazier books just to see what they’ll do! 1 likes Reply Linda Looser September 3, 2015 Honestly, I don’t know which is better….your books or your posts! AWESOME! 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 This one was tossed to me underhand – I can’t take any credit for those costumes!! 0 likes Reply JessieJ September 3, 2015 Love it. Can’t wait for the second Pineapple Port book. I live in Florida and your characters remind me so much of my grandparents and an aunt. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they get up to next. 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 Hoping to have it done this month! 1 likes Reply Marian September 3, 2015 OMG, that is freaking hilarious. Too bad that I’m on the other Florida coast or I would have loved being in on the fun. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 I’d tell you to move but you might end up murdered! 😉 0 likes Reply Rosemary September 3, 2015 OMG, I love them ALL! The costumes are hilarious. I wonder what other details are lurking in their minds while they read…! 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 3, 2015 It’s sort of fascinating/horrifying/amazing to discover how people perceive what you write! 0 likes Reply Katherine September 3, 2015 I’m glad to see that you’re doing your part in keeping joy and laughter alive and well. Clearly, that IS your assignment. I sign up for newsletters and then often don’t take time time to read them. Yours… I always read yours. Who doesn’t want to laugh more? I love your sense of humor. Keep ’em coming. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 8, 2015 As someone who gets 45000 newsletters a week, I really appreciate that!! 0 likes Reply mary smith September 7, 2015 Just the greatest and I sure needed some laughter!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 likes Reply TracyontheRocks September 8, 2015 This is hilarious! I love Darla and Frank’s getup- that looks like so much fun! So cute that they all embraced their role in inspiring your story! 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant September 8, 2015 I wish I wrote my characters as interestingly as they interpreted them! 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!