Kate Carlisle on Book Tour

Kate Carlisle on Shelf Pleasure RadioNote: At 7:00 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific today (Wednesday, June 25), I’m being interviewed for Shelf Pleasure, a radio show by book lovers, for book lovers. To listen live, go to LATalkRadio.com and click “Listen Live!” in the left-hand column. Archived shows are available to play anytime on the LA Talk Radio show page or for download on iTunes under the podcast section or through Stitcher.


I’m writing this from the road. It’s Saturday, June 21. I did a signing yesterday at Clues Unlimited in Tucson, today at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Phoenix, and now we’re getting ready to catch a plane home. The perfect time to catch up with my Banditas, I thought.

Kate Carlisle signing The Book Stops Here

I’m just wrapping up my book tour for THE BOOK STOPS HERE, my latest Bibliophile Mystery. Yesterday’s signing was with fellow mystery writers Jenn McKinlay and Hannah Dennison. Hannah and I have done so many signings together over the past few weeks that we can (and do) finish each other’s sentences. The addition of Jenn yesterday was great because Jenn always brings cupcakes. Plus, a fabulous reader named Jennifer brought us all slushies. Soooooo welcome in that Arizona heat! (From left to right: me, Hannah Dennison, Jenn McKinlay.)


 Kate Carlisle, Hannah Dennison, Jenn McKinlay with slushies


Reader Jane with mystery author Kate CarlisleBook tours are both fun and exhausting. The fun part comes during the signing itself, when we get to meet readers who love our books. What a natural high! Communication is a two-way street, but to novelists, writing can feel very solitary until we have the opportunity to talk to people our books have entertained. I got a real kick out of the necklace made by reader Jane, featuring the covers of THE BOOK STOPS HERE and of THE SECRET GARDEN. (The Secret Garden is the rare book at the center of the mystery in THE BOOK STOPS HERE.)


Prior to coming to Arizona, we were at Murder by the Book in Houston. (I heart mystery bookstores!) We got some video that I thought you might enjoy. You’ll find a few more short videos of both me and Hannah at www.youtube.com/katecarlislebooks.



Have you ever gone to a book signing? Who was the author, and what memory stands out for you about the event? (For the authors in the group, share a funny or touching story from one of your book signings!)

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  • Amy Conley says:

    Yep. Met bunches in Dallas. I’ve also met several others. None in or around my home though.

    • Amy, any city that’s lucky enough to host an RWA gets spoilt for choice when it comes to authors. Even the rooster gets to make an appearance at RWA!

    • One of the downsides of living outside of a city is that you don’t get as many book signings and other events as they do in the city… but the positive is that you don’t have to deal with traffic! Everywhere we went, it seemed we hit at least one traffic jam.

      Congrats on taking home the Golden Rooster today, Amy! First one to post has to entertain the rascally rooster. Watch out he doesn’t steal your breakfast!

      • Amy Conley says:

        I hope he isn’t into leftovers, unless it’s hubby’s nasty hamburger helper. LOL He’s really not supposed to eat it or even cook it if I am home. But I was suppose to be gone this week. And even though he fixed it before I was even supposed to keave, he couldn’t resist, just because it was in the house.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Kate,
    I’ve never been to a convention or a book signing, so I haven’t had a chance to meet any authors. I always wonder if I’ll get too shy to actually talk to the authors when I finally get to meet them.

    • Hi, Jane! Just remember that most authors are introverts, which means that we’re feeling shy, too. Talking to us is a kindness. If you look at it that way, maybe you won’t be as nervous.

  • Hi the Divine Miss Carlisle! You are such a star. You do all of this stuff with such charm and aplomb, I’m in awe! Congratulations on the success of THE BOOK STOPS HERE – I don’t think it’s stopped at all, frankly!

    In 2006, I attended my first RWA in Atlanta. For a long list of reasons, I’d arrived just as the people were lining up for the big literacy signing. I still remember how that wall of noise hit me like a tidal wave! Everyone excited. Everyone talking loudly and on top note. And such a buzz in the air. Amazing! Especially for a girl from romance-shy Australia!

  • Helen says:


    I have been to a few book signings mots of them for lots of authors and totally loved them meeting authors you love to read and chatting to them makes it so much fun the very first books signing I wne to was many years ago and I drove 3 hours to Canberra to meet Stephanie Laurens and I was so shy but she is such a lovely lady and it was great chatting to her in the lovely romance bookstore I am looking forward to another one in August at RWA and can’t wait this time I will get to meet Maried Force YAY 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Oh, Helen, how fun that sounds! You must’ve been a real fan to make a three-hour trip to meet Stephanie. As an author, I can tell you how *good* that makes us feel. I hope you have an incredible time at RWA.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    When I first started working I worked several book signings. I worked in the book department of a large local department store and the buyer loved local authors. It is hard work to be sure but it was fun, the hard part is making sure you have everything ready and hope nothing goes wrong. One time we didn’t get enough of the author’s books in time. They were ordered, we just didn’t get them in time to have it all set up. I spent a lot of my time going up to the 7th floor getting books. The author was lovely, he would sign the last one and look over his shoulder and wink, time for some more! Off I would go, trust me when I say that was not the day for heels.

    • You are a hard worker! Love that he had a good sense of humor about it. The wink sounds charming.

      I’m always amazed by the wonderful job booksellers do of setting up signings. I know it can’t be easy. I appreciate every bit of it, especially all of the advance marketing to ensure that readers know we’re in town.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Had a book signing in my town with Cassie Edwards, Jan Millela, Sylvie Sommerfield and Lass Small. Just remember everyone being so nice and down to earth. Had a lot of fun.

    • Oooh, I loved Lass Small’s voice! It was so distinctive that I wasn’t quite sure at first, but she pulled you right into the book and didn’t let go until the last page. I miss her books.

  • catslady says:

    No, I’m afraid I haven’t but I surely would love to. I’m not much of a driver and nothing has ever been close enough for me – maybe someday.

  • Hey Kate!!

    Would love to come to one of your book tour signings. Of course I’d be the heckler in the back asking wise-ass questions. 🙂

    I’ve been to a few a number of years back. One of my favorite is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She’s a hoot and very entertaining to the readers before she signs. Always personable when you’re at her spot getting a books signed.

    • I *love* wise-ass questions! Bring them on!!! I might even be able to come up with a few wise-ass answers, Suz. 😉

      SEP has some sort of background in theater, I think, doesn’t she? I’m sure that serves her well at signings. She does seem like a natural entertainer.

  • Oh Kate … we had so much fun! I always love hanging out with you. I’m also glad that neither of us snore. (Or if I do, you were far too polite to mention it.)

  • Hi Kate,
    I just finished The Book Stops Here and loved it! (I’ve been patiently waiting for it since Malice :-).

    I’m planning my first book tour now–though nothing to the extent of you three! Looks like tons of fun. Good luck with the book!

    • Squeeeeeee!!!!!! Thank you, Diane! I’m so glad you enjoyed THE BOOK STOPS HERE! Have fun on your first book tour. I hope it’s fabulously successful for you.

  • Kate, what a fun trip! Thanks for sharing with us.

    I’ve never done a book tour. Maybe one of these days, though. Meanwhile, I enjoy going to signings. I’ve been to a fair number, most recently S.M. Stirling, a science fiction writer, at Dragon*Con.

    When I sit on the author side of the table, I love meeting and talking to people.

    • I bet DragonCon was a hoot!!! Anything that gets people loosened up and having fun is good with me. Sometimes we humans have a tendency to take ourselves too seriously, so a little silliness is in order.

  • Deb says:

    Kate, congrats on the book tour and your latest release.
    I have been to a couple of author luncheons and did have authors sign their books. I don’t remember any one thing that particularly stands out.
    One of my former third grade students has written a couple of motivational books. He is also a motivational speaker and is fantastic at pumping up people. His latest speaking tour is called the Manners tour, but he will soon be doing a book tour! I will be going to one of the stops in August. He has tattoos all over his body, but you can’t judge, uh-hmm, a book by its cover. Josh Coburn is his name and one of the books is called Inspiration on Demand.

    • I must be getting loopy, Deb. When I first read your message, I was thinking, “Wow, an eight-year-old is doing all that?!?!

      Then I remembered the word “former” and realized that he is probably not in third grade any longer… nor anywhere close. LOL

      My radio interview starts in 10 minutes. Let’s hope I get my act together before then!

  • Shannon says:

    I’ve been to several book signings. The most fun one was at a regional conference where I was a volunteer. My job was to bring coffee, tea, water, soda, etc to writers sitting at tables. Most were well supplied, so I just wandered talking to anyone who didn’t have a line. I got to meet several of my favorite authors, but I felt bad about not buying their books. Most of their backlist were on my Kindle or in my library.

    The book signings where I work–a very big government office building–are a lot different. Usually it’s a high level former government official or military officer. At the regular lunch hour, there’s a fair number of people, but before and after, the poor author is left sitting there, looking at people decide what fast food they’re going to eat from the food court.

    • It can be uncomfortable, Shannon, sitting there and waiting for someone to talk to you. It’s a very weird situation. You don’t want to be intrusive. Sometimes people will think you work in the bookstore, and they’ll ask you to help them find, say, the self-help section.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I went to one for Janet Evanovich. Mostly I remember standing on line for a really long time. You had to get there early to buy a book and get a wristband. Then she was late coming from NYC. The bookstore finally came around with drinks and snacks. I think we finally got our books signed about 11:30 pm and there was still a line. I felt sorry for the limo driver who was waiting outside.

  • 5 minutes to showtime! Listen to me live at http://www.latalkradio.com! (Just click the “Listen Live” picture in the left-hand column toward the top of the page.) There’s a call-in number, too, so maybe we could talk!

  • Kate –

    Sorry to be so late – was busy till midnight!

    My favorite book signing that I attended was one for Diana Gabaldon years ago. She hadn’t reached the incredible level of popularity that she had now, but she packed them in at the library. She signed my books in Gaelic. I’ll never forget that day.

    Now I’m signing books – who knew? Most memorable signing was one in which a fan, Holly Rieth, brought me a pair of slippers she’d knitted in peacock color yarn. Loved it. Love everyone who comes to a signing! I feel so blessed –