Last Friday, I visited The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC – just a few miles from the house where I grew up. Actually, I remember going to the bookshop as a kid – as well as the ice cream parlor on the corner. There is something magical about seeing the bookstore and the ice cream parlor still there. (I borrowed the pic from The Country Bookshop website and the shop is just as charming as it looks. More so, in the spring when the trees are budding and blooming. If you find yourself near Southern Pines, NC, definitely stop by.)
Also, look at the great white board dragon sign I had waiting for me.
On this trip, I spoke about my books and writing at two schools – Westmoore and West End, and had an afternoon event at the bookshop. What a great time I had! And look at all the books I got to give out to students.
I had a lot of fun. At Westmoore it was hat day, so if you squint you can see lots of hats going on in the pic. I wish I had known. I would have loved a good reason to wear a hat!
It’s really nice to share my book with readers, and sharing about it near where I grew up is certainly special.
Yesterday, I had a wonderful time visiting students. I stopped by Southern Middle School first. Their mascot is a DRAGON! As I like dragons, and have them in my book, I took this as a good sign. In the author presentation I put together, I talk some about writing (and, of course, my book) and also how much the editing/revision process improved it. There’s a part where I read a short sentence or passage and then have the kids guess what type of editorial comment was attached to it.
I think it works well because it’s got a positive underlying message about criticism and edits (and editors) and it also gives them a taste of the story. MCSSMS posted a short video and you can see we had a good time and they were a great group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz-D70SlCkU&feature=youtu.be
I was lucky enough to visit Sandhills Classical Christian that afternoon. The students and I chatted books and talked about writing. They also knew how to fix the projector when my presentation turned green. To top it off, I saw a friend of mine, Ashley, who I hadn’t seen since I graduated high school. What a wonderful surprise and a great day!
I’m going to go visit Crain’s Creek Elementary and then do a quick ‘Meet and Greet’ at The Country Bookshop in Southern PInes, NC. The bookshop even put up a window display 🙂 It’s great to visit the area where I grew up. Check out the window and the article in the local paper – The Pilot.