My First Solo Booksigning

I did a group booksigning with the Writer Friends of the Public Library shortly after Spring House was released, and I’ve signed books when I’ve spoken to various groups. However, the signing at the Twig Bookshop earlier this week was my first solo signing in a bookstore. The Twig sponsors booksignings regularly, and the shop has a comfortable room for author events – convenient to the front door and a lovely refreshment table, with a table for the author and chairs for guests (something many stores don’t offer). If you haven’t attended a booksigning at the Twig, check out the schedule on the store’s Web site to support an author and enjoy yourself.

Several of my friends, neighbors, and business associates showed up, and I really appreciate their support. Meeting people I didn’t know who came to the signing out of interest in the subject was a special thrill. Everyone seemed to enjoy talking about the book and how I came to write it as well as about history. My editor was there and talked about some of the things that happened during the production of the book. Many of the guests had read Spring House and shared their reactions. One said reading about real people who had lived in the time and area of his ancestors gave him a new understanding of his own heritage.

We discussed why I wrote the book as fiction, and everyone agreed that the history was much more interesting told as a story. I even added an index and endnotes – strange as that may seem in a novel – because all the information about historical people and events is factual and based on meticulous research. The readers at the signing all agreed they found the index and endnotes a good idea and especially helpful for genealogical research.

One of my friends said if middle school and high school students read Spring House, their whole attitude toward history would change. Instead of just memorizing dates and names, they would come to identify with the people and understand the events in a much more real and interesting way. I certainly agree with his suggestion that my novel be required reading for students!

I answered a number of questions about The Westward Sagas, historical and family research, and writing. But the most common question was, “When will Adam’s Daughters be published?” The inevitable follow-on comment – “I can’t wait to read it!” – spurred me to action. I’m going to focus on writing so readers can follow the story of Adam, Elizabeth, their sons, and Adam’s Daughters.

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