Last Tuesday, I participated in an evening of “Mystery and Romance” at our local library. Barbara Vey, blogger extrordinaire over at Publishers Weekly, hosted a meet and greet of local authors at the South Milwaukee Public Library. What an evening! There were six authors in all. Myself, Lori Handelan, Kate Fellowes, Mary Brady, Shari Anton and Pam Ford.
The director of the South Milwaukee Library (Bob) was terrific, although Barb and I had a good laugh at the start of the evening. Bob set out only nine chairs. Before we were ready to roll, we had to rustle up another 65 or so chairs and even then, it was standing room only. The turnout was fabulous. (A note to anyone planning to do one of these. Put together flyers and mail them out to family and friends. You want to be assured a good turnout).
Anyway, Barb introduced the authors and we all had an opportunity to say a few words. Barb then opened the floor for questions … and what a lot of questions there were. Everything from “where to you get your ideas?” to “what about writer’s block” … to which Shari Anton said that “when you’re working under a deadline, you kick the muse in the pants to get it moving.” Or words to that effect. There were also drawings for giveaways and refreshments. I think everyone left with a book donated by the authors and publishers.
Barb tells me that the evening was such a success that she’s getting emails from other local authors and libraries asking if she’d host another. How cool is that? Time allowing, she plans to take this on the road and host more author meet and greets at other libraries.
Way to go, Barbara Vey!