In my wildest imaginings, I never pictured myself embarking on a “book tour,” but here I am going back and forth with Kaye McKinzie, my dedicated publicist (I have a publicist?) about potential cities, venues and dates for talks and signings this fall. My inner “shy girl” is screaming no way, but the realist in me – the one who knows that if no one hears about my book, no one will buy it — pushes, just do it, no matter how daunting the prospect. So far, we’re shooting for bookstores in Washington DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, as well a few on Long Island, home of my high school (the beloved, but no longer there, Holy Family). Since my children live in California’s Los Angeles and Bay Area, we’re reaching out to stores on the west coast as well. Going on an author tour can be exhausting, as I know from my decades in book marketing, especially if you’re working full-time, but (I think) I’m up for the challenge. What I look forward to most is meeting readers with wanderlust like mine and encouraging Gap Year hopefuls to take the plunge. As the tour schedule comes together in the months ahead, I’ll post all the details here. Hope to see/meet you while I’m on the road!