Last Thursday night, I attended a booksigning at Quail Ridge Books for author Krista Davis. Her first book, The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, has recently been released. She talked about writing her "food" cozies. Then she read a couple passages from the novel. Krista very graciously asked me to stand up and talk for a few minutes about my books. And she'd brought mouth watering, home-baked treats from Virginia: bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, something chocolate (which I didn't sample because there were those other scrumptious, unique sweets to dispatch!), and cider, white wine, coffee, and tea. Way too much food left when the event was over. Since I didn't want Krista to injure herself by loading all that food in her car and transporting it back to Virginia, I nobly volunteered to lighten her load and take goodies home to my guys. The stash vanished within ten minutes after I walked in the door. I enjoyed meeting my sister Guppy face-to-face finally, after corresponding with her several years online, and wish her luck on book sales!
Last Friday, I made a presentation for the Brown Bag Book and Lunch Club at the East Regional Library. The topic was how reenacting has helped me write my fiction. Attendees asked questions about reenacting as well as how I researched historical fiction. The librarian who coordinated the event, Janet Morley, provided "period" food: cornbread, molasses cookies, apple brown betty pie, and cider. Again, there was food leftover, so I nobly volunteered to relieve Janet of extras. Again, the food vanished almost as soon as I got home. I'm scheduled to return to East Regional Library March 2009 for a presentation associated with National Women's History Month.
And there's an excellent interview of me in the November 2008 issue of Mary Buckham's online newsletter! Sign up for the newsletter today from Mary's web site. Every month, you'll receive good advice on the craft of writing. Regular contributions from editing guru Margie Lawson and publicity guru Theresa Meyers...and it's free. What a deal!
Grasshopper is grateful to Krista Davis, Janet Morley, and Mary Buckham for their generosity.