Wednesday, there were a lot of firsts. One, the denizens of Ravens’ Rook traveled two hours in the car, and no one ended up on the side of the road, thinking things over. The Webguy came close. Why were we traveling? I was invited to the Surrey Township Public Library in Farwell, Michigan, by Jean Gaskill. Which brings up another first, this was my first public appearance to speak about the “Haunted Series.”
We were met by Jean and Bill (Quazar to his friends) who put me at ease while handing me a microphone. I think this is the first time anyone wanted to hear my voice louder, oy. I started off with a small reading of the beginning of “The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow” and then talked about writing a series and answered questions. I loved it. The participants were charming, intelligent, open, and fun. If all book readings are like this, sign me up.
After, I had the chance to talk personally with the audience while dining on sweets. My stomach was a bit nervous, so Jean graciously sent some home with me. There are a few recipes I’m going to ask her for, whoa.
What lured me out of my office to speak publicly? The library had my books on the shelf. In my opinion, for an independent author, there is no greater honor. I was thrilled to see my first book on the shelf (the others were taken out, cool beans). Libraries are where I discovered the world. I traveled without leaving the front porch, experienced a multitude of adventures, and I firmly believe this started me thinking, “What if I was to write a book?”
The Surrey Township Public Library is brilliantly run and staffed. I’m fortunate to have visited there and thank Jean for the opportunity to speak to her group. There could have been no greater hostess for my first venture out into the world beyond my desk. Thank you, Jean, from the bottom of my heart and from the PEEPs who were with me in spirit (Murphy says hi!). I enjoyed the experience tremendously.