As some of you may know, two weekends agoI was one of the authors at the Beaver County Book Fest. It is a huge literary event in southwestern Pennsylvania that happens every September.
This was my second year attending and I have to say this event keeps getting better each year! I cannot wait for next year’s event.
Thank you to Linda and Val who coordinated and planned such a great event! There’s always so much work that is put in behind the scenes for events like BCBF, and I am grateful to the many people who make events like this possible for local authors like me to attend.
I met so many amazing authors this year who were in the main author tent with me! I also got to see some of my writer friends like Stephanie Keyes (click her name to read my interview with her).
There were so many people at the event! It is times like Saturday that I am just so in awe of the literary community in my area. I mean, I personally love books (as you can probably tell, LOL), but it just warms my heart to see SO many people coming out for an event centered around books and reading!
In an age of technology and phones and screens and internet, it is just really refreshing to see the sheer number of people wanting to buy my paperback book and have it signed and walk around a tent full of authors looking for more books to read.
My favorite moment of the day: a young teenage girl came running up to my table, pulling her mom along behind her saying “It’s her! She’s here!” I recognized the girl as I had spent a while chatting with her at last year’s Book Fest. She is a young aspiring writer and I remembered talking with her about her writing. Her mom looked at me and said “We came to the Book Fest this year just to see you. She finished Illusion and loved it! She wouldn’t stop talking about it! We were hoping you’d be back this year with book two.” (and I did have book two with me!) So the girl bought the next book, and stayed to chat for a bit again. The whole thing just made me so happy and I felt really blessed. I loved having the opportunity to talk with her about writing and be an encouragement to her to pursue her dream of writing as well. I told her I couldn’t wait to see her all set up at a table at the Book Fest someday soon! THEN after she left, ANOTHER person came rushing up to my table saying they also came to the Book Fest just to pick up book two. I never dreamed I’d have people coming to the Book Fest to find me and get my books. My dream was always to inspire young kids to write and follow their dreams like I did, but to know that in one year of being published I had encouraged a girl to start writing her own novel was just such an incredible experience. I can’t wait to read her writing someday!
If I saw you at BCBF and you bought Illusion, Echo, or Hoo Loves You, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! Please email me here.
Just a reminder, subscribe to my blog here to stay up to date on all my upcoming events. I was also at the McGinnis Sisters Book Fair this past Saturday and will be presenting at Passages & Prose on October 7th.
Stay tuned! I’m working on some fun projects right now and can’t wait to share them with you all!