I love being invited to book clubs. It's always a special experience to hear from readers how differently each person in the room experiences my writing. Sometimes I'm given ideas about my characters I've never even considered. Like whether the person ultimately arrested in 'Tuscaloosa Moon' for the murder of Priscilla Beaty might have been a serial killer long before this book began. What an interesting hypothesis! Sometimes, readers ask me to place a part of the story in one place or another, and whenever I can, I accommodate. I love the organic feel of creativity being a living, breathing organism, a true collaboration of reader and author. Thanks so much, Ernest & Hadley for hosting 'Tuscaloosa Moon' this past Thursday night, and thanks to those brave, brave souls who ventured out in weather fit only for young meteorologists who stand with raincoats and rain boots, umbrellas turning inside out, during televised news reports! Despite the wind and rain, what a fun night!
On February 2nd, Jim and I loaded up our books and headed off to the Southern Christian Book Expo in Birmingham, actually closer to Samford University. It was an interesting day of connecting with other authors and enjoying the readings of a number of writers, as well. Anxious to complete my 3rd in the Tuscaloosa series!
December has proven to be such a busy month for Tuscaloosa Moon, Tuscaloosa Boneyard, and Kaleidoscope Jane, as well as for my husband's book, The Cistern! On December 2nd, we began the month at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, signing books with a number of other local authors during the library's annual Holiday Open House. This is always a special afternoon filled with music, food, and fun for library patrons and authors, alike.
On the 8th of December, we were thrilled to help Ernest & Hadley Booksellers celebrate their Second Annual Fall for the Authors Festival. There were over twenty authors featured during this celebratory day and it was a joy to meet so many patrons as well as amazingly talented local authors. The 8th was also the day of the Tuscaloosa Writers and Illustrators Guild's Christmas luncheon. What a diverse collection of supportive, talented, and productive colleagues this group is!
On the 15th and the 22nd of December, we joined with fantasy author, Patricia Correll and the author of the short story collection, Record of Our Debts, Laura Hendrix Ezell, to participate in the very first season of the City's Very Merry Market at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Artificial snow fell on us as we met other vendors and watched the community ice skate while meeting book lovers and those seeking great holiday gifts.
Jim and I thank everyone who has supported our writing and our book signings over this past year. We both have several projects in the works for 2019, and our first signing in 2019 will be at our wonderful local Barnes & Noble, Tuscaloosa, on Saturday, January 5th, from 10 until late afternoon. Hope so much to see you there!
Thanks to the TPL for kicking off the holiday season with their annual Open House and Author Signing. This year, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra's horn section opened up the event and lots of folks stood in a line for veges, cookies, and other finger foods. The University's Dept. of Theater and Dance offered a Truman Capote reading, and there were fun children's activities as well. It's always so enjoyable to meet library patrons, to visit with library staff, and to have time to catch up with other local authors. Such a great afternoon!
Yea!! I've finished the Christmas stockings I've been cross-stitching, and Jim and I are ready to sign books for all the readers on your Christmas lists. We'll be in five locations between now and early January. We'd love for you to drop by our tables!
Sunday, Dec. 2 2:00 - 5:15 Tuscaloosa Public Library Open House and
Author Signing, Jack Warner Parkway
Saturday, Dec. 8 10:30-11:20 Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, Tuscaloosa
Saturday, Dec. 15 1:00 -4:00 Very Very Merry Market, Tuscaloosa Holiday
on Ice, Amphitheater area
Saturday, Dec. 22 1:00-4:00 Very Very Merry Market, Tuscaloosa Holiday
on Ice, Amphitheater area
Saturday, Jan. 5 10:00-5:00 Barnes & Noble, Tuscaloosa
Of course, if you can't make it to Tuscaloosa, you can find all of our titles on line in both print and kindle editions, or order from your local bookstores. Thanks so much!
Huge thanks to the Choctow County Public Library for an evening to remember! Both Jim and I felt like rock stars this past Thursday night as the signing lines grew longer, meandering all the way back to the library door. It was wonderful to see everyone and to have time to visit afterward. Thank you to the citizens of Butler and surrounding areas, for your support and gracious hospitality!
Jim and I had such fun at Walker Elementary School on Monday of this week as visiting authors. The five fifth grades were wonderful hosts and it was a full, fun day of exploring the importance of reading for pleasure and writing, regardless of one's eventual career(s). And thanks to the Tuscaloosa Arts & Humanities Council for linking artists of all kinds to schools in our city and county! We were so impressed by the school, its staff and all the children we met.
Had such a good time writing this article for Kid's Life Magazine!
Had such a great time at Jim's and my signing yesterday! Thanks to all who came by to visit. And a huge thanks to Barnes & Noble. Such a supportive store!