COLLINSVILLE CRAFT AND MULTI-AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING
Collinsville Public Library
July 22, 1017
Ticia Metheny stopped by to say hello.
She is a fellow writer She writes a variety
of subjects, especially dark fiction.
Afterwords Book Signing
Celebrating Route 66
June 14, 2016
Elizabeth Donald, writer and photographer coordinated the event in Edwardsville.
Chuck Schwend and myself were the only writers from Edwardsville attending the event. It was well received at the book store, however, it was not a busy day due to the excessive heat.
Michael Hauge Presentation
May 14, 2016
Michael spoke on the 5 stages of a story. Although he works in motion pictures, the principals also apply to fiction writing. His focus was romance writing, but also works with horror.
Michael took time at the end of the day to autograph his books and take pictures of the people attending the presentation.
St. Louis Indie Book Fair
May 7, 2016
St. Louis Public Library
The all day event allowed me to do a public reading, meet the acquaintance of 38 new writers and make a new friend who also writes dark fiction. Jason and I sat side by side and promoted our books, helping one another with sales. It was a great day. Plans are already being made for a 2017 event.
Carlinville Writers Guild
January 30, 2016
Celebrating the Write Stuff Anthology
In addition to the 17 members attending, 3 new people attending the meeting.
The anthology is about to be released in Carlinville. All the white shirts as well as the colored tee-shirts represent members to contributed to the book.
Local Author speaks at
Ocular Voices Meeting Jan 21, 2016
I may not be getting rich...
but I did win an award this year.
The National Literary Habitat held a book contest this year. Dark Dreams place second under the category of Horror / Short Stories / Cover Art.
I am very proud of this award and hope to have a new book out in 2016 to compete in the Novel / Horror category.
The National Literary Habitat promotes, educates and encourages writers to be the best they can be.
Check them out on line.
Fall Hide-a-way Workshop
Sponsored by the Carlinville Writers Guild
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Editing...Do I Need a Professional Editor? It was an interesting topic, with lots of comments and questions during my portion of the workshop.
he 2015 workshop had its largest group in attendance. A total of 23 individuals spent the day discussing a variety off subjects on writing, editing, prose, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Held at the Blackburn College in Carlinville, the group is all ready in the process of preparing for the 2016 workshop.
Local Authors Book Festival and Signing
Latzer Memorial Public Library
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Three of the five Five writers from Highland League
of Writers attended the event. Pictured are myself, Chuck Schwend and Sandra Kohler-Kohlbrecher
Multi-Writer Book Signing
BSR Book Store, Granite City, Illinois
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Writers attending the book signing from left to right (front row) are Cheryl Eichar Jett, Elizabeth Donald. Back rowis Sela Carsen, John Smith, John McFarland and Jimmy Gilletine.
Tilly Winks, one of former employees from the group home stopped by to say hello. She agreed that my books are the opposite of my personality, but she couldn't see me writing anything but dark fiction.
Route 66 Celebration
Reopening of Afterwords Book Store
June 14, 2015
A great event was planned, however, like most of June, the weather did not cooperate as there was wind and rain throughout the day.
Elizabeth Donald helped coordinate and placed writers in the various rooms at the Afterwords Book Store. As always, she was busy throughout the afternoon.
Sandy Kohlbrecher, one of the writers from both the Highland League of writers and the Carlinville Writers Guild attended the event. Her new book New Haven was featured during the event.
Chuck Schwend and I shared a table at the event.
We met and made new writer friends and talked to the people
stopping by on the Route 66 tour.
Annual Spring Festival
May 23 - 24, 2015
Mom celebrated her 89th birthday at the Carlinville Spring Festival. The Carlinville's Writers manned a booth. All the published writers in the group worked two hour shifts. It was a fun day. Lots of fun people stopped and visited.
Cindy Ladage, a local children's author stopped by the tent and reviewed my latest book. Cindy writes excellent books for the younger children. She is not a member of the Carlinville Guild as she has a family, job and other responsibilities. She may join the group when her life slows down.
MIDSOUTH CON 33
MARCH 20-22, 2015
I was fortunate to serve on 3 panels this year that included Self-Editing, Military Weapon and using inciting events to fire up fiction. It was an honor serving on panels with writers like Glenn Cook, Ben Herr and Elizabeth Donald.
David Blaylock one of my long time writers was not only on a variety of panels but also a vendor.
Tyree Campbell, owner of the publishing house Alban Press had a variety of books by his various writers and himself. Tyree is one of my favorite vendors as we discuss writing and publishing.
My Number one Beta Reader also attended with me to the convention. This year, my mom not only attended the panel discussions I was assigned, but also all the other workshops I attended.
She had a great time attending a total of seventeen workshops, banquet, writer's row but also the art show and vendor room.
We made some new friends and renewed people we had met during the last two visits.
We are making plans to attend the convention in 2016.
Sandy Maue, a Kindred Spirit and fellow writer have been meeting on alternate Saturdays to brain storm and move current projects. Sandy is working on a fantasy novel involving a warrior and his dragon. She has great ideas concerning setting scenes and moving the story along while I add the twists and turns within the plot and action.
MY ANNUAL TRIP TO PET SMART
PHOTOS WITH SANDY PAWS
My good friend Barkley P. Howl goes to Pet Smart each year for pictures with Santa. This year was no exception. He enjoys the attention in the store and all the wonderful treats.
After getting his picture taken, he asked Sandy Paws if his "Dad" and "Grandma"
could be in a photo for Christmas Cards.
HOLIDAY HOME TOURS
SPONSORED BY THE COLLINSVILLE LIBRARY
DECEMBER 6, 2014
Santa made a surprise appearance at the event.
He spoke with children and grown-ups alike
about their Christmas wishes. I was able to get
Santa to sit on my knee and tell me what special
present he wanted. He whispered in my ear
about a very special book.
How could I say no. Santa returned to the North
Pole with an autographed copy of A Dark and
Chuck Schwend and I shared a table at the event. We spoke to several old friends and met new people who will become friends over time. We both sold several books, drank hot chocolate and ate cookies.
WRITE AWAY AT THE COMMONS
PRESENTED BY THE CARLINVILLE WRITER'S GUILD
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
A group shot of the workshop attendees. Held at the Blackburn College Library in Carlinville, the program was a success. This was the largest group in the four year history of the workshop. Unfortunately, two of the speakers and four attendees left before the photo was taken.
Lucky Me! I spoke right after lunch. My topic...
Deadlines, a Necessary Evil
The time flew as I reviewed why deadlines are so important
to a writer, and ways to meet deadlines without last minute panic.
John "JD" Dorroh explained and demonstrated how journaling
can be a productive resource in creating a variety of fiction, non fiction,
essays and poems by passing out some of his journals from the 1970's and 80's.
EDWARDSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
GROUP AUTHOR EVENT
OCTOBER 5, 2015
Cole Gibsen was one of several author friends attending the group author event. The Library provided tables for 20 writers. Several people came to the library, just to meet the various writers.
Cole visited my table and checked out my new anthology A Dark and Stormy Night.
She also had copies of her new book, Breathless.
Elizabeth Donald was also on had. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the afternoon and sole a few books.
CARYLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 4, 2014
It was a chilly, windy day at the Carlyle City Park. I spent quite a bit of time chasing books being blown away.
The people attending the event were friendly and enjoyed the free bookmarks and learning about the my two books and three short stories. I had plenty of comments about my dragon sleeved shirt. Naturally, it started the conversations.
HIGHLAND ILLINOIS ART COUNSEL'S
ART ON THE SQUARE EVENT
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
This annual event is sponsored by the Highland Arts Counsel. The city square is blocked off and allows artists to produce interesting works of art using chalk on asphalt. In addition, there are a variety of vendors which included The Highland League of Writers. In addition to selling several books, I gave away over 200 book marks to people as they passed by. The book marks gave me an opportunity to promote my two books and the writers group.
Speaks at the Carlinville Writer's Guild Meeting
September 13, 2014
In addition to speaking about the advantages and challenges of Self-Publishing, D.L. promoted his book about his grandfather titled The Witwer Files. His grandfather was a Peace Officer assigned to bring down a Gang in Illinois in the early 1900's.
2014 Business of Writing Summit
August 1, 2, 2014
Larry De Kay provided great food throughout the Summit that included breakfast and lunch on Friday and breakfast and snacks on Saturday.
I presented all my recent works at the conference. A Dark and Stormy Night, an anthology is my latest release along with Nightmares of a Mad Man, released August 2013. In addition, I wrote three e-short stories this year and converted them into booklets for the conference. There were plenty of bookmarks for everyone.
I was also invited to speak at the summit. My topic, Writers Block, how to avoid and defeat the monster that keeps us from writing. Time flies when you are having fun, and I was only able to cover half of the material in the allotted 50 minutes.
CARLINVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL
The Carlinville Writers Guild supported a
booth at the annual Spring Festival.
Writers from the guild talked with visitors,
promoted the guild and sold their books.
MARCH 20 - 22, 2014
Kelly Armstrong and myself on a panel discussing
deadlines and publishers.
Pirates roamed the halls at the Memphis Hilton during the convention.
The University of Memphis State Tiger
made an appearance atthe conference.
He wondered why I haven't visited
my old university since graduation.
My Biggest Fan and first beta reader for all
my work. My mom made second appearance
to the Mid South Con.
CARLINVILLE WRITERS GUILD
ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS.
Group Photo taken at the Carlinville Workshop.
Great Attendance and very informative.
multi author book signing
November 23, 2013
Chuck Schwend and I share a table at the
group book signing.
Elizabeth Donald and Cole Gibson
Highland Library multi author book signing
National Bank of Highland
for Dark and Stormy Night
Week one November 4, 2013
Week 2 November 12, 2013
Week 3 November 19, 2013
BOOK SIGNING AT MILLIE'S DINER
Chuck Schwend and I held a joint book signing on Saturday, October 5th
at Millie's Diner in Marine, Illinois.
NIGHTMARES OF A MADMAN
A total of 27 people attended my Book Launch, September 16, 2013
at the Korte Recreation Center.
It just so happened that the Red Cross took the big conference room that evening
but we survived in a smaller room and had a great time.
NIGHTMARES OF A MADMAN
OCULAR VOICES MEETING
My First Reading at Books A Million,
at the Ocular Voices Writers Group meeting
Rick Bellm is my encouragement at the gym.
Always telling me I can do more and lift heavier.
Of course, He is right!
MONICA MC CALL
BOUGHT THE FIRST COPY OF
'"NIGHTMARES OF A MADMAN"
C. HOPE CLARK AND JOHN AT THE
INTERNATIONAL WRITERS SUMMIT
AUGUST 2, 2013
MID SOUTH CON 2013
John Smith and Larry DeKay
2013 Business of Writing Int'l. Summit
(world's largest baseball bat is behind us)