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A Visit With Dekalb County Historian

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I had a blast with 85-year-old Tommy Webb at the Justin Potter Library in Smithville, Tennessee yesterday. I really wish I would have met him when I was researching for THE WAIT, although I did use his research material!

We talk about a time where everyone came to square on Saturday and the veterans from WWII whom he had talked to and interviewed for one of his books. He told me a story about a black woman named Eunice. Throughout the morning, we both would choke on our tears before he could even finish the stories.

My heart is made even more full for the people of the 30s and 40’s and their sacrifices!

I feel as though I just met a truly gifted, brilliant man who has made it his life’s work to archive all the history of Dekalb County. I’m so humbled and grateful for this man! I gave him THE WAIT! Can’t wait to see how much he likes it!

Hopefully, I will be at the library signing books soon. The date will be announced in the Smithville Review and the Justin Potter Library.

Capstar Bank Nashville

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Capstar Bank’s, Lynda Crane, stopped by my office to get her book signed. She attended the book launch on May 8th, but said she refused to start reading it until it was signed! 

May thanks to Lynda and all of the employees of Capstar Bank who attended the book launch and purchased their signed copy.

Join Me In Historic Rugby, Tennessee June 10th – 11th, 2017

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Join me in Rugby, Tennessee for the Classic Car Show and Street Fair. I’ll be joining other crafters, artists, builders, etc. along Rugby Highway in Historic Rugby, Tennessee on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11, 2017 to sign and sell copies of THE WAIT.

I’ve come to know and love the people of Rugby, Tennessee, and they have welcomed me with open arms. When Jennie at the Commissary at Rugby asked if I wanted to be a part of the Festival, I was thrilled! To sell a story, which involves the rich history of Tennessee at an event promoting the arts and crafts of Tennessee artists and craftsmen is an honor. To be cast in the category of these talented individuals, is quite humbling.

I hope to see you there!

For more, click on the link below:

Classic Car Show And Street Fair

THE WAIT Now Available At Parnassus Books!

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As I stroll through the narrow aisles of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with my own book tucked tightly against my body, I look around and witness people thumbing through pages of newly-printed books, carrying on conversations, laughing, chatting. I overhear patrons discussing their latest read interrupted only with the occasional, “excuse me,” an inevitable comment while navigating around this iconic (and crowed) bookstore.

As I ran my hand along a stack of newly-minted fiction, I smiled, thinking to myself, How could I even let myself imagine seeing my book, the one still clutched tightly against my chest, listed among these giants of fiction where there’s very little room for an unknown; very little room for a book written by someone with less than a high school education? Then, I caught myself letting that self-doubt creep in again trying to steal my dream. So, I shook it off, regained my smile knowing that, along with all of the other bits and pieces of my dream that are falling into place on a daily basis, this too would happen.

As I realized I needed to move on, I approach the front desk asking if Ms. Patchett or Ms. Hayes might be available. Of course, they aren’t.  It was Saturday, the only day I could make a visit. Working full-time doesn’t give you the luxury of being able to contact owners when THEY are in the stores, so I leave a copy of The Wait along with a handwritten note tucked inside its pages, say a little prayer, and leave the crowded store for the time being.

Today, May 31, 2017, I began wondering if anything had happened with the request I had submitted as directed for Parnassus Books to offer The Wait to its patrons; to list it there among books written by tried and true authors.  I went to their website, I moved my cursor to the top of the screen and typed in THE WAIT, hit search, then waited. In only a few seconds, there it was: my book at #2 on the list. I read, ON OUR SHELVES NOW, 1 on hand, as of May 31, 6:03 a.m.  I wanted to say I wept, but I didn’t. I’m delighted to say the least, but I cannot explain the feeling I get as I watch something happen that I prayed for so many years ago. It is with deep appreciation; a humble heart, and pure exhilaration that I tell you, THE WAIT is now available at Parnassus Books. Another dream turned to reality. Now, I will weep.

http://www.parnassusbooks.net/book/9780998855028

Writer’s Digest Guest Blog – Don’t Give Up On Your Writing Dream: 5 Tips When Self-Publishing Your Book

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For years now, I have been reading Writer’s Digest and all the wealth of information it has provided to me as a writer. I’ve attended their conferences, listened to podcast, and read about how other authors made their dreams come true. Now, after self-publishing my historical fiction novel, The Wait, I was so humbled to be asked to guest blog about how I got to the point of being able to self-publish my novel.

The information in this article is only the tip of the iceberg. There were too many small steps in between these main points to include, many of which I gleaned from Writer’s Digest and its many contributors.

It pleases me to no end to be offering helpful hints to other writers as I have read so many other authors’ tips, which helped me so much along the way.

“Don’t get overwhelmed by hard and fast rules.”

 
 
Here are tips from a self-published author who decided to take control of her dream.
WRITERSDIGEST.COM
 

 

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