- I walked into my library and the librarian said, "Oh here she is now," and the guy she was with asked me to speak as part of a panel on Oregon's sesquicentennial (150th birthday).
- I got asked to be the speaker for a writers roundtable.
- A girl on myspace emailed me that Shock Point was her favorite book.
- And wierdest of all - an agent emailed me asking if I needed an agent. And not from a little agency either. But from a big one that most people who write have heard of. I told her that I'm very happy with my agent of 15 years (has it been that long?!?).
The last one for me is a big first. I got dozens of rejections letters from agents when I was first starting out. Most were photocopies. One person just wrote a big "NO!" on my letter and sent it back to me.
My last book came out in 2006. Long enough ago that I started feeling like a fraud again. Long enough ago that someone who didn't know me well introduced me to their spouse by saying "She writes books. I mean, she used to write books."
The break wasn't of my choosing - and now it's over for at least the next three years.