Richard Castle About Book Tours

I still remember my first book tour. I drove down to this Mom and Pop bookstore in Philadelphia during rush hour and then hit up a public library in Hoboken on the way back. Three people fell asleep while I was reading, some teenagers heckled me and an elderly woman pinched my butt. Plus, it took me three months to get the $37.56 my publisher owed me for gas and a cheeseburger. I loved every second of it. Your first book tour is a seal of approval. Suddenly you go from wanting to be a writer, to being a writer and the shift is profound and exciting.
It’s a little different when the number of book tours you’ve been on enters the triple digits. Gone are the novelty and the excitement. You are living out of your suitcase, staying in unfamiliar places and eating every meal out. Granted, the suitcase is Tumi, the hotels are five star and the restaurants are Michelin rated, but after a while it’s hard to beat a home cooked meal and your own bed. There’s a reason 99.9 percent of the planet’s population left the nomadic lifestyle behind.
The tour schedule’s grueling too - it makes the boot camp segment in Full Metal Jacket seem like a spa vacation. Wake up call is 5:30am every morning. If you’re lucky enough to sleep in a hotel and not a plane, then you probably went out to drinks with press the night before. Those tequila shots that seemed like such a good idea at 2am are regrettable at the crack of dawn. Then you have breakfast meetings, followed by radio interviews, followed by lunch meetings followed by one reading after another until you get to dinner, which inevitably bleeds into drinks, which inevitably bleeds into tequila shots at 2am.
But that being said, a book tour is also one of the most rewarding things we writers get to do. On my last trip, my most vivid memory is not of the airports, or the sound of my buzzing alarm. It’s of a young boy, who told me that he hated reading until he picked up Storm Front. No phrase hurts my soul more than “I hate reading,” so, the fact that Derrick Storm’s epic adventures saving America and the world helped him see the joy of page turning warmed my heart.
I dread going on book tours, and I dread the day they cease to be a part of my life. Book tours are the bittersweet reward for being a successful novelist. The Tumi luggage, five star hotels and Michelin rated restaurants aren’t bad either.

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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