On Tuesday I gave a presentation at the Transylvania County Library in my little town of Brevard, North Carolina. Called “The Slanted Truth: When Fiction Meets History,” I talked about the ins and outs of writing historical fiction, Keowee Valley, my own research and writing process, and the ethics of writing within the genre.
It was a great turnout, thanks to the wonderful folks at the Library, including the Friends of the Library, who supplied us with coffee and pastries from the nearby Blue Ridge Bakery (I generally buy a pie from here every Christmas to take to my parents’ house, and they are scrumptious). I didn’t do a headcount, but just about all of the seats were filled. I’m guessing there were about 75+ people there.
The Bag Lunch Arts Series is a wonderful program. Every month, on the second Tuesday of that month, a different author or artist presents a program (sometimes the speaker is local, sometimes not). Audience members bring their own lunch to eat during, and the program is free. I was honored to take part.
I don’t know if your local library does the same sort of thing, but if it doesn’t, you should encourage the Head Librarian or Director to look into it! TCL has had some wonderful and varied presenters over the years, and there’s always a great response from the community.
I thought I’d include the presentation here, for those interested. (My sweet husband decided to take video of the entire thing.) But it’s fairly long—40 minutes of presentation, which include me reading from my novel, Keowee Valley—and then about 20 minutes or Q & A at the end. And I’d shorten it, but my tech-savvy husband’s out of commission today, and I am a Technological Bozo. That’s right, like Bozo the Clown. So look for me to post a few snippets of the presentation next week.
In other news, more reviews for Keowee Valley are showing up on book blogs and in places like Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, my favorite local bookstore Highland Books, and more. I’m delighted that, so far, most have been good!
I hope all of you have a fabulous October weekend! As for us, my dog and I plan to pick my daughter up from preschool this morning and head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a picnic. The mountains are aflame with the colors of the season, and it just doesn’t get any prettier than this.
Happy Friday, all!