I decided to let the crack about my age pass. Apparently, Julie, the lead character in my books, doesn't realize that she gets to stay 38 forever... but writers don't. :)
"I've noticed that, too, Julie. I went to an art show a few weeks ago and met a lovely lady while waiting in line at a coffee shop. We became instant friends. Walking about later, I came upon her booth and realized my new friend, Jan, was an artist! I loved her unique paintings and picked a small unframed one. To my delight, she cut the price in half, and I wanted to thank her.
"I'm a writer, Jan," I said, handing her (and her husband) my business card. Let me go to my car and I'll get you one of my murder mysteries."
"Do you have audio-books that we can download? We listen to audio-books while we work in our studio. This book, Castle Cay, sounds really good!"
"Well, Julie, at that very moment, I decided to make your books available as audio-books. I hired a wonderful actress, Paula Slade, to narrate them, and I have a surprise! Castle Cay is already done!
"Lee. I'm a body language reader. Did you really think I didn't know what you were up to?"
Remind me not to plan a surprise party for her...