There are a lot of milestones in the life of a writer: first short story or novel completed, first submission, first rejection, first publication, and first book signing to name a few.
What I’ve learned over the years is that within each of these milestones is the potential for smaller goals to be set and met. I’ll never forget the first time I signed a copy of my first novel, Luminous, at a local steampunk convention. It was exhilarating! Later I had my first table at the Spring Into Books event at the Viridian Event Center. In the past I’d sold my books at a shared booth with some of my artist friends at different conventions but that was the first time I had my very own table.
But for every author, the piece de resistance of book signing is to be at a signing event at a real bookstore! Not a virtual bookstore, not an online bookstore, but a bonafide bookstore in the real world. Physical, tangible and undeniable. Thanks to Caryn Larrinaga, Managing Editor of Twisted Tree Press, this milestone will be reached this Saturday, June 30!
It is such a privilege to share this day with some amazing authors who I’ve come to know and admire. The infectious enthusiasm of Johnny Worthen is unmistakable as is his talented writing repertoire. I owe much of what I know about horror and writing short stories to him and the workshops he’s given. C.R. Langille’s writing style reflects his extensive military background and his love of the outdoors colors all of his prose. Michael Darling’s delightfully creative story entitled, “Feasty-Feast” is one of my favorite stories in The Hunger and one that makes this collection unforgettable.
I truly hope that those who read The Hunger will enjoy my story, “The Pit and the Pendleton”. Inspired by the black and white horror movies of classic Hollywood, it follows one author’s journey into that harrowing world of monsters and his close encounters with the hungers that lurk within us all. I’ve been a life-long fan of the late Vincent Price and his 1961 horror film, The Pit and the Pendulum, has stuck with me ever since I first saw it. While the screenplay is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 short story of the same name, the movie is quite different. Researching both Poe’s short story and the screenplay made this a memorable project I’ll always treasure.
I’m looking forward to meeting more of the talented authors listed for this exciting book signing event as well as getting to talk with fellow book lovers. For all of you who are local, I hope to see you there!