Meet the Author
Meet the Author Tonight, November 18, 7:00 p.m.
First Half of the Big MKSP Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book Bash
November 28 - December 1
Join the biggest Facebook book event of the year. Enter the drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card, a $25.00 Amazon gift card, a $25 gift cert for custom nail wraps, a huge bundle of eBooks and print books and other great prizes. Meet new friends and have fun. Starts Friday Nov. 28th and continues Monday Dec. 1st.
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I will be available tonight, November 18, to answer your questions about Cedar Woman, and any of my other books.
It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this event. For the next two weeks, various authors will be available to share with you their thoughts, and maybe a secret or two, regarding their work.
All of us are excited about this event, and we have drastically lowered the prices of our books in the hopes that it will somehow bring a new reader into the world of reading for pleasure. Some have charities they donate to, such as myself: a large percentage of my royalties goes to Operation Smile. Many of us donate books to auctions, book mobiles for inner-city children, churches and charitable institutions. Why? Because we love books.
I have been in love with the written word since I was a very small child. Reading, writing, putting words together in an harmonious string of vowels and consonants, brings me great joy. To me, language is like a symphony.
I have been writing since age nine. A third generation poet, I have always enjoyed the beauty and flow, the cadence and flavor, of words.
I remember lying upstairs in the old farm house, snuggled down deep into a feather bed, buried beneath layers of homemade quilts. Fully awake, I would listen to my mother, father, Mawmaw, Pawpaw, aunts and uncles talking, their voices drifting up to me through the heat vent in the floor. I enjoyed the music of their speech, the meter: the up and down patterns and the various inflections and tones of each individual.
Many of the patterns were the same. They were from the same family, after all. But some had moved away, as my mother had, to the “big city” and her speech had changed – evolved. I found this fascinating!
Mawmaw would say, “Well, I’ll red up the table then,” her voice deep, resonant and rich. Mom would answer “Okay, Mother. I’ll help you clean up,” this said much lighter and higher in the throat. Aunt Louise would respond with, “Fetch them dishes on over here then, Mam-aw.” Like Mawmaw, she speaks deep within the larynx, emitting the same sonorous sound. Beautiful! Exhilarating! It was difficult to drift off, in spite of the caressing feathers and quilts. Who could sleep with this verbal lullaby just one floor below?
With this wealth of dialect and poetry surrounding me throughout my childhood, it was no wonder I became a writer. What else could I do but scribe the music of my family’s voice?
Guest appearances throughout the event by Kim Mutch Emerson author and owner Master Koda Select Publishing
Authors in Order of Appearance:
John Emil Augustine
Laurie E. Boris
Michale Burch Hess
Tamy Burns and Kimberly Hughes Smith
Denise Ellyson and Lorraine Nelson
Leland Hermit and Vickie Johnstone
Jennifer Don and Dominique Goodall
Donna Dillon-Truckenbrod and Dianne Gardner
Debra Shiveley Welch
D John Watson
Candy Ann Little