Just 2 days until Fuss-Free Vegan is here! I can't even describe to you how I feel right now, but let me try. It's a combination of sheer joy and I think I'm gonna puke nerves galore. I can't wait for you to have your very own copy and to see what you think!
It's been an immense amount of work, but I loved every bit of it. I feel like I didn't just write any book, but I created a book that represents me to the core. I think you'll know what I mean once you get your hands on a copy.
This past week I was lucky enough to celebrate it with a book launch party held at the Penguin Random House office for friends, family, and fans. It was sheer delight.
It's so overwhelming to walk down the hall on the way to my own book launch party and pass the books of authors such as Dan Brown, Tom Hanks, Lynn Crawford, Julia Child, Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone, Paul Hawkins, and Margaret Atwood, just to name a few. To know my book is going to be sitting on that same shelf in just a few days is just so surreal!
Once at the party, everyone got to sample some recipes from my book including this beyond huge Crowd-Pleasing Jalapeno Cheese Ball, mini All Hail Caesar Salads, Fall-In-Love Beet & Carrot Lox and my Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies.
It was kinda funny to be served my own recipes made by someone else (a catering company), but I was delighted to hear there were rave reviews all around. With comments such as "how come these carrots actually smell like lox!?" to which I respond, "because I'm good at my job". 😉
There was a lot of book signing that night, and you can see me concentrating very seriously while my aunt Nancy is grinning beside me.
Now can I tell you guys a horror story?
As much as I'm a writer and love reading, there is something about reading out loud that has never clicked in my brain. I'm terrible at it and will stumble over the simplest words, but even worse, if someone spells something out loud to me, it's like my brain malfunctions and I just can't process the information...
So here's the horror story part: the first book I ever signed for someone, I spelt the girls name wrong!!! Yes, you can laugh at me. I'm ok with it. Epic fail, Sam, epic fail. ~Whomp whomp~
Aleks, I will never forget how to spell your name now! I'm so sorry. At least I drew you a chicken?
Later in the eve, my editor, Bhavna gave the MOST touching speech. I'm seriously the luckiest person ever, to have had Bhavna select my book proposal and want to work with me.
Before I wrote a book, I thought editors just went through and corrected grammar and typos, but they do SO much more than that! Bhavna really helped me turn my pile of recipes into a start to finish book. She helped me find my voice and added so many great ideas to the book! It's crazy to think how different my book could have turned out with a different editor. There is no way my book would have been what it is without her words of wisdom and guidance. Not only that but Bhavna became my dear friend. 🙂
After Bhavna's speech, I too said a few words and thank you's. I don't really remember what I said, but I know there were some laughs, and my speech brought tears to a few eyes. (I'm looking at you, Dad).
The end of the night finished with a few poses for pictures. I just love this pic with me and my very proud parents.
Not kidding, I just got a group email from my mom who signed off as "Mom of author Sam Turnbull (Fuss-Free Vegan)".
I have to thank my publicist, Trish so very much for putting together such a warm, generous, totally amazing party. I truly felt like a star for the night!
...But the party for me continues, as Trish has also booked me all over the place. Coming up, I have a TON of radio interviews, morning shows on TV, news interviews, cooking demos, and who knows what else! I can't even believe how full my schedule is right now. I will be sharing the interviews on my Facebook and Instagram so be sure to follow me there for more.
I'm going to do my best to post recipes to my blog twice a week as usual, but please forgive me in advance if I miss a day or two over this next several weeks, as I will be bouncing from place to place. Hopefully, Fuss-Free Vegan should keep you occupied in the meantime!
*Don't forget to claim your free gift for pre-ordering Fuss-Free Vegan. This offer will end on October 17th and you will no longer be able to get these 7 bonus recipes (including coconut cream pie), so go get it now while you still can.
Now get excited about Wednesday's celebratory recipe. Hint: it's boozy, it's baked, and there's frosting. Omnonom!
Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Gretty, Ben Murray, Arlene Cohen, and Julie Danaylov for letting me steal their photos from the night.