October and November have been jam-packed with seminars, book events, and writer workshops. I met so many wonderful people and appreciate them coming to hear me speak. I gave a picture book writers’ workshop at the Skillman Library, a full-day self-publishing workshop for SCBWI North Texas, and a talk on Moon Tears to the wonderful ladies of the Carrollton, Texas Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. And that was just one week! Shortly following these talks, I participated in The Magical World of Art and Story: North Texas Children and Teen Literary Showcase and Gallery Show in Plano. Needless to say, after weeks of non-stop preparation and events, I needed a break. A dear group of ladies invited me to a “Writer’s Retreat” in East Texas, and our hostess spoiled us with her amazing meals. My favorite, I must say, was her French Toast. She paired it with organic French-Canadian maple syrup, pure melted butter, and dusted her masterpiece with just the right amount of powdered sugar. Heaven!
August may not be peak azalea or rose season in Tyler, Texas, but it IS prime “East Texas Book Fest” season! About 100 authors, including myself and Murray Richter, will be on hand at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on August 22nd to chat with readers and “talk books.” There will be exhibits, reading and writing seminars, and presentations on literacy. Best of all, the event is FREE to the public! Check out www.etxbookfest.org or their FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/etxbookfest for all the details on the seventh annual East Texas Book Fest, and plan on heading to Tyler for a fun day! We’ll see you there! Muffet