The good people at Town Crier Books in Emporia hosted an author event June 9th with 40 authors attending. It was quite a show, with every genre imaginable represented, except for smut, I reckon. (Too bad!) Kudos to manager Becky Smith, who did a fantastic job in pulling off what can only have been a daunting challenge. As far as I'm aware there were no fisticuffs among the authors, who, as we all know, can be a might tetchy at times.
My greatest pleasure (beside selling a few books) was in meeting Cheryl Unruh, blogger of Flyover People fame, and Mark Scheel, a writer friend from the Kansas City area. I had been communicating through e-mail to both of these excellent people but had never met them in person. It was quite an honor.
Mark's book, A Backward View, has been a favorite of mine, especially the last paragragh. I can't say how mnay times I've read it, and each time it's as fresh as the first. In fact, I get terribly jealous when I read it. I wish it were mine. Mark's photo on the dust jacket shows a refined man, chin in hand, a pensive intellectual, a cultured poet and author--which made me wonder what kind of man he really is. Now I know.
When I first saw him he was grinning at me like a Cheshire cat. "You're even uglier in person than you are in your pictures," he said. God bless him, I could only agree.
Mark autographed his book specially for me and we retired to the local cantina where he bought me and Lori lunch. What a guy!
Afterward, we returned to the bookstore for a photo shoot. As you can see, we maintained our dignity as befitting "excellent" authors--Markspeak for "unsuccessful."