If you live in or near Denver, you know that there is no shortage of good places to sit and read. Take the Tattered Cover, for example, a place of legendary green carpets, creaky (yet comfortable) furniture and whimsically helpful staff. It’s also where I met bestselling author and all-around nice guy Jamie Ford a couple of years ago. I came to hear him talk about his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and came away enthralled. (In fact, if you’re interested, you can listen to the podcast here.)
Now, his critically-acclaimed bestseller has been shortlisted as a candidate for the next One Book, One Denver. Interested in helping make it happen? You can cast your vote here. You can also read Jamie’s all-too-humble thoughts about this incredible honor here.
What does this mean to you as an aspiring author? It’s a reminder that even a first novel can break out big, earning not only bestseller status and the adulation of critics everywhere, but something even more important, more magical: it can serve as an inspiration to everyone who reads it. Even a city full of avid readers.
And really, isn’t that a great reason to write?