I’m home now with toes in the sand beginning my next book. In this quiet time, I’m also reflecting on the beautiful and creative people I met on this long adventurous tour.
First, I thank all the booksellers for graciously welcoming me to their stores, celebrating my birthday with a party and genuinely supporting my work.
Thank you to the readers who came to hear me speak at breakfasts, luncheons, teas or just at the front of the store. In my presentation, I spoke of how amazed I was during the writing of The Butterfly’s Daughter that so many people came to tell me their own butterfly experiences.
The Mexican culture believes that the souls of the dearly departed return home every fall on the wings of a monarch butterfly. This is the Day of the Dead celebration, a time of somber yet joyous welcoming home of the beloved. So when my readers shared with me how a butterfly came to them after the death of a loved one—at the funeral, in a park, etc.—I was deeply moved. Joseph Campbell said that all great myths are rooted in truth. I believe this is so. Thank you to all who shared with me these beautiful heartfelt stories.
I also want to thank everyone who requested milkweed seeds or emailed me photos of their milkweed in the garden. You are making a difference. The response to my free milkweed seeds effort was overwhelming and proves what I’ve always said—my readers care! On my website you’ll find links to organizations that will help you raise milkweed and caterpillars.
I’ve parked the car in the garage, unpacked the suitcase, made myself a cup of coffee and I’m back at my desk. Interestingly, I’m not exhausted. Meeting all of you, traveling to your cities and towns—connecting-- has energized me. The characters of Lovie and Cara and Russell are now calling to me. They are coming alive in my mind and I’m eager to share this powerful story with you. Please keep your letters and comments coming. I read each one. My love to you all!