Last night at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines in Hot Springs Village, our Communication and Memorial committees sponsored what we called “Kirk Authors’ Night.” Four of us were invited to share readings from our books, and that was so much fun! About 90 people attended the event.
Ed Baldwin read a humorous excerpt from Bookman, his novel about a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman in the 1960s South.
Judy Carroll shared several poems from her recently published collection of beautiful free-verse, narrative poetry entitled Walking in Early September.
I read “The Playhouse,” one of the nonfiction tales from my book, Views from an Empty Nest: Award-Winning Tales Written after Fifty.
And Martha Nielsen ended with an inspirational account of her battle with cancer and the lessons it taught her. Her book is entitled: Gathering Stones: One Woman’s Personal Journey through Cancer.
After our readings, the audience was invited to ask questions of the authors. One of their first questions was, “How can we get your book?” That was a great question! Ha! Martha’s manuscript has just been submitted to a publisher for consideration, so her book is not yet available. But the rest of us have books for sale directly from the author and from on line sites such as Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
Another question was, “When do you write?” Ed, Judy, and I stated how we each write something every day, although we may not be working on a specific story or poem. Sometimes, it’s merely journaling our thoughts. Some of us write early in the morning; others in the evening. But writing every day “keeps the juices flowing.”
I explained how contests seem to motivate me more than anything. If I am given a theme and a submission deadline, I can usually come up with a story, essay, or memoir that I can enter in the contest.
Of course, this blog has been fun to write too. I truly appreciate all of you who enjoy reading and responding to my entries.