I had a great time last weekend. Almost sold out of my first novel, DarkNight of the Soul. I had to replenish my stock. Not a bad problem to have. Now to remind you. I will be at the 9th annual RI Author’s Expo along with many other talented authors. There’ll be something for everyone, specially those hard to buy for people. Books make great Christmas gifts. Please join us at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI on December 11th. from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Once again I was thinking of my mother. She had plans for each child. According to mom we were all gifted. My sister was the artist. She could draw as soon as she held a pencil. I was the singer and possibly a writer-she loved my stories and I began making things up as soon as I found I had a voice. My brother was the musician. He began playing guitar when he was in grade school. My sister is a very good artist and you should hear her sing( she’s not supposed to be able to do that, after all I can’t draw.) My brother is a great musician, produces albums( grammy nominated), plays just about any instrument and writes music. I sang for a while, getting paid to do weddings when I lived in Connecticut. Wanted to sing opera. I did a good job on the aria to Romeo and Juliette. Then I was supposed to be the next Barbara Streisand. You should have heard me belt out People. I was asked to join a band and head to California, but I was in love and stayed behind. Married since 1978, you do the math. Now I’m writing. I forgot how much I loved it until it saved my life. I am not a sit at home, do nothing person and six months of that, without a paper and pencil, would have killed me just as surely as the brain tumor almost did. I rushed my first book into publication so I could give mom a copy, show her I finally did it. She was ill. The book had many mistakes, but seeing her cry when I was standing with other local authors selling my books at the Cumberland Library was worth the embarrassment of spelling clothes as cloths. Seems I’m not particularly found of e’s. She loved the next book, Sister World. It was the dog, a love we have always shared. She told me she hoped I had other ideas, future novels. I wish she could see there are now six, the seventh already started, and three outlines. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think she’s smiling
I will be signing and selling books at RI comic-con this year. I missed the excitement last year. I’m at table 718, please stop by and say hello. I will have copies of my latest book. Darkness and Light, The Hunter, is the fourth installment in the Darkness and Light series. We learn how Marcus uses the unique abilities Gregor forced upon him. Even in a world with more light, there are things in the darkness to hunt and Marcus is the Hunter.
Last night’s lively literati was a lot of fun. First I didn’t trip on the cape I wore. Secondly, I didn’t lose anything and thirdly a person I do not know, after hearing me read a passage of my book, told me it was gripping. That she bought it matters less than the compliment. I was asked how I develop my characters. It’s not as easy a question as one might think. Maddy shares some of my habits. Yes I talk to my teddy bears. I was a lonely child and they always agreed with me. Judson has the wonderful sense of humor my brother had he had when he was a boy. Chief Daniels has the insights of my 7th grade English teacher. His kindness will never be forgotten. Mrs. Daniels has the dedication my sister always shows. The others have qualities, strengths and weakness, from those I’ve met on my many years journey. Marcus is the me I would have liked to be. I wanted to be a man, because there were no female heroes when I grew up. I wanted to be strong, because I saw my weaknesses. When I thought I was going to die, the brain tumor, I wanted to be more selfless but mostly I want to leave the world a better place than the way it was when I entered it.
I just found out the East Greenwich Hotel has opened its kitchen, so if you’d like a meal to go along with an interesting presentation, good company and a good glass of wine, you’ll find it all there. Don’t forget it’s tonight at 6:30 in the Updike room of the East Greenwich Hotel, 162 Main Street East Greenwich, RI. If you can make, step over and say hello.
I WILL BE INTERVIEWED ON WADK TOMORROW AT 10:30. I HOPE YOU TUNE IN. DON’T FORGET I’M AT LIVELY LITERATI THIS THURSDAY AT 6:30 AT THE EAST GREENWICH HOTEL 162 MAIN STREET, EAST GREENWICH, RI LET’S GET TOGETHER, I WILL TRY TO SCARE YOU, BUT ONLY A LITTLE BIT.
I was at Scituate’s Fair this past Saturday and Woonsocket’s Autumnfest Sunday. Both were great days for me. I really enjoyed the people I met and hope they enjoy the books they bought. What made it extra special was the comment I received about Sister World the Arrival, on facebook, which was also posted as a review on Amazon.
“I just bought the first two of the sister world trilogy on Sunday afternoon. I’m already 30 pages from being done book 1!! Is the third out yet? I’ll need it by Friday at this rate!”
I hope she enjoys The Fight for Earth as much. I am working on the third: Sister World, Back to Terah. I am now highly motivated, though it’s not easy saving a world, even when it doesn’t actually exist. But then who really knows what’s out there.
For someone who waited years to do what she always wanted to do, there is nothing so rewarding as knowing you made someone smile. Let’s continue the journey. It’s a great ride.
I was at the Scituate Fair and Woonsocket’s Autumn festival
I got to meet many new people, and made a lot of book sales. The weather held and the other vendors, food and in Woonsocket, the rides, were a big hit.
I know you do not all live close enough to visit, but if you do, make sure to come to the Lively Literati on October 28th. It’s held at the East Greenwich Hotel, 162 Main Street in East Greenwich, RI. and begins at 6:30. This month I’ll be speaking about my books and reading the scenes I hope will make you shiver. Costumes are welcome but not required. If you’ve read Dark Night of the Soul, you know Gregor is unique and the changes he forced upon Marcus has changed his life in ways even he does not understand. I intend to showcase some of what that means, of course I’ll be a bit dramatic. I hope to see you there.