Last Wednesday I visited Asheville, NC, the setting of The Last Dragon Charmer series and home to fantastic local bookstores. I partnered with the magical Spellbound Children’s Bookshop for an author visit at Hall Fletcher Elementary, and I have to thank Spellbound and the school and students for a warm welcome.
I have to mention, Hall Fletcher has a great media center and beautiful murals on the school. The shine like sun rays.
Spellbound’s new location is at 640 Merrimon Ave. There is a large new book area and a great classroom and used book room as well. (And the shop is just above The Hop ice cream shop. Did I mention at the store event there was a delicious ice cream cake? Well, they’re was.
Of course, I also had to buy a few books while I was there. I got an autographed copy of Sound by Alexandra Duncan and two great books for my niece and nephew.
Spellbound’s new shop is great! I had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people, and got some great books. Check out the new shop if you’re in Asheville. Not only are there great books but they also have cool events for kids and teens. And, I lest I forget, there are also autographed copies of VILLAIN KEEPER and QUEST MAKER available.
This week I went to visit two great schools – Asheville Middle and Joe Eblen Intermediate – in Asheville, NC. Then, on Saturday, I met up with Constance Lombardo, author of Mr. PuffBall, Stunt Cat to the Stars, for the Day of Signings Event at Malaprops Bookstore.
All and all it was a great weekend!
After a great time instructing the Write-On Camp at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines earlier in the week, I’ll be doing a condensed version for kids in Asheville at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop this Sunday, August 9th, at 2pm. Come and join us for storytelling and story writing. To celebrate, I wrote the following.
Stories short and often sweet,
some no longer than a tweet,
in a flash write them down,
tomorrow, 2pm, at Spellbound
NOTE: Don’t worry. That’s the only almost poem I’ll write today.
NOTE #2: Flash!
It’s always exciting to me to visit the wonderful bookstores in Asheville, NC. I’ve never met a bookstore I didn’t like, but the ones in Asheville mean a lot to me because my debut book is set in their city. Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to spend time at Malaprops. It’s a cool store with a cafe. It’s always heart-warming when someone reads and likes my book. I must admit, one of the most exciting things about visit was seeing my book as a staff pick!
The booksellers made me feel welcome. I also got to discuss my book. As a writer, that is always a good time. The other thing about answering questions and chatting about my book is it makes me think about it more. Sometimes, I realize, oh hey, this book I read a long time ago about a girl with telekinesis inspired me some.
If you’re curious about the Malaprops name, they have a nice explanation here.
It looks like my book is in great company, too!