If you follow my newsletter or if you read Tuesday’s Sisterhood of Suspense blog, you know that I attended a Sunday Afternoon with Authors event at an independent bookstore. (We really need to support Indie bookstores.) Leaves Book & Tea Shop (Isn’t that a clever name?) is just south of downtown Fort Worth and has been opened for just under a year.
My sweet husband bought me wine, flowers, and chocolate to celebrate a great author event.
The owner, Tina Howard, sent us questions around the subject of “change.” All of us write different genres, and yet our answers were remarkably similar. Here are the attending indie authors L to R:
Claudette Esmerelda has written a children’s book, Leah is Seen. She’s trying to help kids develop a good self-concept.
I, of course have 7 books out.
Richard Gonzalez is a former newspaper columnist and refers to himself as an old hippy. Raza Rizing is about the increase of Hispanics in Texas. Deer Dancer is a fantasy set in Sonora.
Jane Alvey Harris’ book, Riven has been optioned for film. How cool is that! It’s part of a trilogy. The second book is out, too. They are about finding yourself again after abuse.
Besides asking us questions, we also got to read from one of our books. The other authors’ books were really compelling.
I read from Book 2 of The Second Chances Series, ACT OF TRUST. The heroine lost her husband on 9/11 and because my younger daughter and her husband had just moved to NYC, this book really touches home for me and is one of my favorites, right behind ERMONT ESCAPE, which just celebrated its 6th birthday.
I was surprised how many people showed up to listen to us—about twenty. Each of the authors had about 3 friends to attend and then there were just random folks there. This was the first event like this for the bookstore, and Tina has one scheduled for the next several months. I will attend to see how the others work out. Tina is also willing to carry our books for a 75/25 split. I’m going send her three of mine and see how it works out. I’m also going to talk to one of the other Indie bookstores to see if they will consider doing something like this.
Lastly, I want to take a flyer to all three Indie Bookstores with information about the first ever Independent Bookstore Romance Day, Saturday, August 17. I learned about this from the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA. What a great idea. Here’s the link https://bookstoreromanceday.org/ Share with your local bookstores.
Writers, do you like events where you get to (or are expected to speak) more than where you’re just sitting there signing?
Readers, what do you think of this kind of event? Love to hear from you all. Hope you’re surviving the heat that is scorching some parts of the country.
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Marsha, that’s wonderful that the bookstore will stock your books. And the Bookstore Romance Day sounds such a great idea. I wish we had something similar here in the UK. Sadly a lot of independent bookshops are quite sniffy about romance. Congrats on getting your print books in a shop. Here’s to many more!
Great photo of you at the author event. Great also to have your books at this bookstore. Congratulations!!