I warned you there would be a post about my book signing - and here it is!
Books, badges and chocolates were set up - and no, I didn't eat all of the chocolates, there are still some left - and I waited.
There was an initial flurry of customers (friends) who'd promised they'd come...
... and then it settled down. The bookshop owner had asked her journalist friend to pop in and interview me - it was my first ever face-to-face interview, but I didn't have time to get nervous because he jumped straight in. I think it would have been a different matter if I'd been warned - far too much time to worry and panic!
Outside, we had a couple of musicians playing...
A few more friends came in and bought the book, and even a couple of strangers. I got quite good at making random conversation with people sitting at tables and trying to enjoy their coffee and cake in peace. I tried to tweet but I was in a Twitter black spot so it didn't work - I had to randomly walk outside and wave my phone around.
The owner introduced me to a customer. The customer said: "We've got an author in our village, [insert random name here]."
"Oh," said I, having never heard of the author, and having no idea which village this woman was talking about!
The only problem I have now is that all these people who know me as their jolly, upbeat gym instructor will have a whole different opinion of me...
And finally, I saw this as I was leaving... (the shelf is labelled such, not just my book).