When it’s okay to stop a stranger in the store

Before I get started this morning, a couple of quick announcements!  My contest is still going on FB!  I’m up to 132 likes, and have given away my first book.  Go visit the site, hit like, and maybe you’ll be next!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492?ref=hl

The second announcement is that Solstice has a new website!  It’s sleek, professional, and very easy to navigate.  Yes, you can buy my book directly from them.  This link will take you directly to my book, but stick around and take a look at some of the other great books they have for sale.  http://www.solsticepublishing.com/daughter-of-hauk/

Now, onto the topic the title refers to….

I’m only speaking for myself here, as always.  I’ve heard stories which leads me to believe this is more universal than you might think.

If you’re in a grocery store, restaurant, or other public venue and see someone you recognize, PLEASE give them the courtesy of approaching them and saying hello.  Don’t just stare and point, whispering to your friend/co-worker those wonderful ‘Isn’t that…” words. Come over, mention you’ve read my book, saw an article in the paper, whatever.  Just stop pointing and whispering.

The reason behind this is that I like meeting people, for one.  The other is that I simply would rather spend time chatting with you than wonder if there’s toilet paper stuck to my shoe.  If you approach me, then I know why I’ve felt your eyes boring into my shoulder blades!  By not coming up, you leave me wondering why you watched me, why you muttered to your co-worker.  I’m no longer concerned that the back of my hair resembles a bird’s nest.  

Instead, I’ve made a connection with a potential reader.  I’ve shared a laugh, perhaps.  I can now tell my hubby a story for my day.


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