This week while visiting a high school friend I was puzzled when she said, “Tell me about your marriage.”
After explaining how I met my beloved, and that we truly were a case of love at first sight, I noticed a frown lined her forehead.
|My book...not my husband.|
Nodding she said, “I know it’s a copy of your book; but is that your husband?”
I wanted to say, “Duh, it’s a photo of Billy Albertson, you know, the man behind the title: In The Garden With Billy.
Growing up in a small town it was common to have this type of misinformation ripple through the community; but my friend is a jokester so I said, “You’re kidding me, right?”
“I’m very serious. All of Bryson City thinks he’s your husband.”
“Well, he’s not.”
“I’m just telling you what they think. You need to post a new photo…like now!”
Even though I was wasting my time, I explained to her that I don’t list personal information on Facebook. I never mention my beloved’s name or post anything that might lead someone to my home. Authors must do this. It’s a matter of safety and common sense. It is also a matter of respecting the privacy of my husband.
“No, I’m serious,” she insisted. “You need to go home and put his photo on your site. People are talking.”
I relayed our comical conversation with my mother, who of course laughed, until her tone became serious. “You know people have started treating me different since the book came out.”
"How so?” I inquired.
“I’m getting funny looks in the grocery store. I guess people do think that I’ve raised a gold digger.”
|The Cracker Queen and Renea Winchester: |
neither are married to Billy Albertson.
Renea Winchester is the author of In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love & Tomatoes. A true-life tale of the last farmer in Roswell Georgia (who, by the way, is NOT her husband.)
Her next book titled: Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author will be released in October. This is a must-read for all authors whether self-published or represented by a traditional publishing house.