We write first in blood and tears, then go over in ink.

KCP Bksg

Had a heartwarming surprise at a book signing session on 5 February.

Before this, I had thought book signing sessions were quiet affairs where you basically keep out of the way of the stampede towards the book table and try hard not burst into grateful tears, saying “Thank you! Thank you for buying my book!”

But I have been pleasantly surprised. At a previous session, a friend’s son had bought my book and I only found out later. Today, a boy came up to me and introduced himself.

“My mummy knows you.”

“Oh, who’s your mummy?”

“Her name is Joanna. She worked in Focus on the Family.”

Joanna Koh-Hoe! A woman I really admire for championing families in Singapore and for her work-life harmony. Her story had graced my previous book Loving Mum Forever (ISBN: 978-981-076-160-8).

“Tell Mummy I said hi!” I said excitedly.

He produced a plastic-wrapped Not in the Stars for me to sign. He hadn’t bought it just that moment at the book table next to my little desk. He had gotten it earlier, had it carefully wrapped in plastic and thoughtfully brought it today to boost this author’s confidence.

I’m looking forward to the next book signing.

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