Retro Road Trip!

I'm doing it!  Thanks to the encouragement of friend and author, Robin DeJarnett, I'm going back to where it all began and heading to Eastern Illinois University for Homecoming Weekend!!!  In case you didn't know, EIU is the inspiration behind the CIU campus in Three Daves.  It's going to be surreal to be back there, because while I was dancing the night away at Romans nights and grabbing a beer with friends at Ike's, I had no idea that what I was actually doing was "research" for an 80s chick-lit/romance I would one day write.  Seriously, I was studying finance; no one could've foreseen this.

So I've booked a room at the lovely Super 8, arranged to do a book signing at the Panther Scholarship Scramble, and cajoled two girlfriends, also EIU alumn, into joining me on October 22.  Fun, fun, FUN! 

In addition to a little postcard distribution and making new EIU memories, my mission will be to snap  photos of places that get a mention in the book so I can share them with you. I wonder how many Daves we can find... 

If any of you have any advice on other promo-related things I should try to accomplish on my road trip, I'm all ears.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will you be dropping off postcards at bookstores and libraries, too?

Enjoy yourself!

Kittie Howard said...

First, Congrats! This booksigning is a super big deal!

I'd think the university would have a radio/tv station. Have you thought about contacting them, working to schedule an interview? I mean, you've written a book!!! You go, Girl!

KarenG said...

Holy Crap why am I not reading Three Daves RIGHT NOW!! Eastern is practically my hometown. Two of my sisters went there. I went to Northern, then transferred to the U of I. Major nostalgia happening here right now.

Nicki Elson said...

Karen - No way! That's crazy!!! I live in NIU's backyard right now. And of course, I had MANY fund weekends at UofI. Quarter beers at KAMs is what I remember the most... Bring on the nostalgia!

Kittie - Thanks! I had not thought about the radio station, great idea. My husband actually used to be a DJ there back in the day, so that could make it an even better story. Thanks for the tip!

Alex - I was planning on dropping some off at the campus bookstore, but I hadn't thought of the library. I'll do that! Thanks.

Jackee said...

How very cool you're road tripping it and get on-site research! :o) I wish I could with my WIPs, it would make so many thing easier.

So glad to find your blog--and an eighties girl? I think we might be long-lost sisters... :o)


Nicki Elson said...

Hi Jackee - I'm so glad you found my blog too, fellow 80s girl! We're gonna have fun.

Yeah, on-site is a nice when you can do it, but thank goodness we have the internet for when we can't, right? I've e-traveled to SO many cool places. ;)