Well, I think my deal news is finally real to my mom. (I'm still in a little bit of shock, myself.) I've kept her updated all along the way, and she's been, y'know, very mom-like about it. Encouraging, happy for me, etc.
Then when I got the offer, I explained it was with St. Martin's Press, an imprint of Macmillan. She'd heard of Macmillan, of course, and she's an avid reader, especially of legal thrillers, but she doesn't pay attention to things like imprints or even publishers. She follows authors. So I thought about some of her favs. The conversation went down like this:
Me: Well, let's see, they've published several of Lisa Scottoline's books.
Me: Isn't she one of the authors you really li--
Mom: LISA SCOTTOLINE???
Mom: I've read everything she's written. I love her.
Me: You love me more. (((pause))) Right?
I have a giveaway planned to celebrate starting tomorrow, and I promise you do not want to miss it.