Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book 'Em North Carolina


I'll be at the Book 'Em North Carolina writers' conference and book festival ( Saturday February 27 with copies of my five novels. I went last year and it was a great opportunity to meet readers as well as other writers and publishers.
Visitors came from North and South Carolina.

A percentage of the sales of my books (and those of other authors) are donated to adult literacy organizations. Robeson Community College, located at 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC, hosts the event. Over 60 writers and publishers will be in attendance this year. 
I'm showing KEDZIE to a writer working on a Japanese Historical Fiction novel.
Every hour during the festival, visitors can choose from three different programs taking place in the numerous conference rooms near the author/publisher tables. Topics such as getting published, romance novels, book promotion, plot and ideas will be discussed. I, along with Columbia writer and friend Mike Long (author of a Western trilogy), will be on an Historical Fiction panel.

At 10:00 AM I'll be in the Green Room to talk about Historical Fiction. There are conflicting views about how writers should approach the genre. Should the setting and background be authentic? Some writers today take liberties with established facts regarding events, places, and persons, which arouses concern for other writers who believe we have a duty to keep to the record. It's a controversial subject and one I look forward to discussing with an audience. 

Founder and chairperson of Book 'em North Carolina is Trish Terrell, author of 18 novels, among them the mystery series Black Swamp.

I'm chatting with Trish Terrell at the Meet-And-Greet social last year.
I'm looking forward to the Deckle Edge book festival this weekend in Columbia ( It has stepped in to take the place of the SC Book Festival, which closed its doors last year. Especially looking forward to seeing fellow poet Len Lawson, who will make a presentation. Also on the schedule are SC favorites Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Alice Monroe

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