My First Author Event

Heber Valley Authors: Angela Hartley, Lehua Parker, Christine Haggerty, David Riggs, Melica Hudgens, and Kerry Fowers. Utah authors Johnny Worthen, Eric Bishop, C. David Belt, RJ Craddock, J. Abram Barneck, Holli Anderson, and Adrienne Monson. ReBOOK store owner Judith Griffin.
Heber Valley Authors: Angela Hartley, Lehua Parker, Christine Haggerty, David Riggs, Melica Hudgens, and Kerry Fowers. Utah authors Johnny Worthen, Eric Bishop, C. David Belt, RJ Craddock, J. Abram Barneck, Holli Anderson, and Adrienne Monson. ReBOOK store owner Judith Griffin.

I organized an author event with Lehua Parker, Angela Hartley, and ReBOOK store owner Judith Griffin for Memorial Day. The day was awesome, and not for selling books.

First of all, it’s weird taking credit for anything. My family’s not much for saying ‘Thank You,’ and that’s made it awkward to accept gratitude my whole life. So I’m practicing saying ‘You’re Welcome.’ The store owner even sent me a personal email to tell me thanks. She had a great day and great business. She loves books, and a successful day to her is pairing good people with the right books.

My experience as the hostess was crazy, but only because I made it crazy. For Memorial Day, I went to a local program honoring veterans at 7:00 am and bawled my eyes out. I can’t think about what sacrifices have been made for this country without getting extremely emotional. There are several servicemen in my family, but what I thought of during the program was the WWII veteran who recounted his experience of the war starting with being drafted before he even finished high school. He was a guy in the trenches and behind the barricades that he made out of dead soldiers’ bodies.

Live with that.

This event was a warm-up for a bigger holiday on the Fourth. The store has its best business that week and we wanted to work out the bugs before then, so we chose Memorial Day. There are a lot of things to change for the next round, but that’s for a more technical post.

I had a great time. I only knew about half of the authors before the event and I’ve personally read even fewer of their books. I am a few chapters into The Samaritan’s Pistol by Eric Bishop, and it’s pretty good. Working/networking with other authors is always a gamble. I’ve met some great people who don’t have a lot of writing skill, some mediocre people with great writing skill, and everything in between. I have solid writing skill, and it matters to me more to land on the ‘great people’ side of things.

Fortunately, those who came were all good people. Like I said, I haven’t read all of the books, but I know that Lehua Parker and Johnny Worthen are both great writers and great people.

Angela Hartley’s debut novel, a new adult horror, released yesterday. Copper Descent is now on my reading list because I haven’t had time to read her ARC. She only got to share a QR code for the ebook, but hard copies will be available some time in July. She has the same publisher and lives near me, so checking on her writing career is like checking on how her family is doing.

In general, I think authors are friendly people, at least us small pish in the fond. The only way to get anywhere is to throw your money in the pot with friends. A group of us are sharing booth space at Salt Lake ComiCon. More importantly to me, I was invited to share booth space with a group at ComicCon. I was never popular in high school, and I finally feel like one of the cool nerds.


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