Next month I have two books being published. On February 9th, my memoir about having my heart broken and learning to dance,"Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home" is being published by Algonquin Books.
On February 16th, Rizzoli is publishing a book of mine, "A Little Piece of Earth, How To Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces."
I feel like I'm giving birth to twins who have two different fathers. But having actual children changes life drastically--so I'm told. But authors often refer to their books being published as "the calm before the calm". Big expectations yet life remains pretty much the same.
My last book tour for "Mexico in Mind" was a disaster. My suitcase was stolen at the first stop, LAX, so I lost all of my favorite clothes. A paper in my hometown, Kansas City, only wrote about my fresh divorce in their listings, and my parents had not even told their friends. I got food poisoning in Tucson, my brother's car he had lent me broke down in Northern New Mexico on a holiday weekend and had to be towed back to Albuquerque. In Phoenix, only five people showed up for my reading and two of them were confused as they thought I was the local psychic.
But I remain an optimist and this year, I am going to twenty different venues for my tango book. As I set up book events, I hope to convince people to learn to dance, so my events are going to be as interactive as possible. There will be dance demonstrations and in some venues, wine, live music and tango lessons will be part of the book presentations. There will be tango parties in Art Galleries in Sausalito and Half Moon Bay, and an Argentinean style asado at a butcher shop in Brooklyn; I will be overlapping with tango festivals in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona, and we will have an event at a hip new Speakeasy and Wine Tasting room in the heart of wine country this spring.
To see a list of them, visit: http://tangomehome.com/author-tour/
Causes Maria Finn Supports
CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness Through Education in Food Services)