Romance, Snoopy & Sonoma Valley

I had a wonderful time at the Sonoma County Book Festival last Saturday. I’ve got lots of stories to share from the festival and will be posting little snapshots of the festival this week. Today I want to share a few of the fabulous surprises that met me there:


Isn’t he adorable? I had no idea that Charles Schultz was a Santa Rosa native. This Snoopy was in the lobby of our hotel and we were told they are all over the town too. I wish I had time to visit The Charles Schultz Museum there. The festival went all day long. But next year I’m definitely going to go a bit early to check it out!

The day was full of romance….novels of course. It’s so fun when someone walks over to my booth and picks up Winnemuca, a small-town fairy tale, and says…oh, I’ve got to tell you about what happened to me in Winnemucca. I love hearing about readers’ personal connection to the town. When they ask what the story is about, I say the story is about a girl awakening to her intuition for the first time on an enchanted road trip to Winnemucca, NV––the Emerald City of the novel. I usually get some raised eye brows followed by the question have you ever been to Winnemucca? When I say I have, they usually laugh and say this one time in Winnemucca…Here are a few of the tales people shared with me on Saturday.

This one time, in Winnemucca…..

“her clothes flew off the top of our car and we pulled over and picked underwear out of the tumbleweeds….”

“Dad moved to Winnnemucca to escape our government’s collapse, I believe it was 1992….”

“We grew up just outside of Winnemucca and my cousin was jumped in the bathroom at our high school, and some guys rubbed Tiger Balm on his balls…”

“I was on a road trip and stayed there overnight and I saw the milky way clearer than I ever have in my entire life!”

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their Winnemucca stories. I’m thinking about starting a page on the blog so I can post them. To read more about Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale click here.

I look forward to sharing some more stories from the festival this week! I want to give a BIG shout out to my hubby for being the best booth buddy ever :)

6 Comments on “Romance, Snoopy & Sonoma Valley

  1. Welcome back Laura! Sounds like you had a great time. I like your book signing picture:)
    I would love to read more stories about Winnemucca. I bet you heard some doozies:)
    Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    • :) Thanks…it’s good to be back home…I’m on the road tomorrow again! I’m definitely going to have a page on the blog for Winnemucca stories. They are just too good to keep under wraps! Hope you had a wonderful Monday! :D

  2. I’ve never been to Winnemucca, but I was at the book fest in Santa Rosa. It was nice meeting you and hearing about your books. I thought your verbal synopsis of Winnemucca was fabulous and I’ve added it to my TBR list. I was kicking myself on the way home for not buying a copy while I was there.
    Anyway, I made the trek out to Santa Rosa on Saturday because my novel is based in SR and I want to exhibit in the festival next year. Maybe we’ll meet there in 2013. :)

    • Dana, I’m so excited about your upcoming release! Wonderful to meet you in Santa Rosa. I’d never been to that part of the county and hubby and I want to go back next year. I’m happy that you’ve added Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale to your TBR. Squueee! I love that your novel is set in SR! Great place to set a story. YAY! I’m glad you’ll be at the festival in 2013…we will definitely have to toast to your debut, and what better place to toast to your success then in beautiful Sonoma County!!

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