At times I'd feel like quitting ... at times I cried because I didn't get into an event or win some contest ... BUT ... when I'd get in front of kids and read -- their faces and smiles and questions and laughter always made me realize why I was doing what I was doing ... to share a piece of my heart with them and inspire them.
I never thought about what would happen or how I would feel if I couldn't do book events anymore. But, my world came crashing down a few weeks ago when I heard my publisher closed it's doors. I had just found about 30-40 book events that I wanted to participate all through 2017. I spend hours searching for things .... it was now time to order stock for the year when I called my marketing rep and it went to voicemail. I decided I would email them and try and send them a message through their newly designed automated system. But their site was down. I tried calling back and the number was disconnected. I tried again and again ... and I began to realize things were not right ... In a few minutes I was FB messaging some of my author friends ... we came to realize that our publisher had closed it's doors and left us out to fend for ourselves. My heart felt as if it had been crushed ....
But, I'm starting February with a FRESH outlook and do not want to dwell on the past ... I'm so grateful for all of the people I've met along my journey ... here are a few ...
|Me and Jen Carle|
|Tucson Festival of the Books|
Also -- I want to thank everyone who has supported me for many years ... all of my friends at St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee .... where I held my VERY FIRST BOOK EVENT! And my buddies at the Manara Academy ... who allowed me to talk about being an author for Career Days!!!
|Mass Reading Assoc Dessert|
|Central Massachusetts Children's Book Festival|
|Texas Word Wrangler Event|
Here is the press release announcing my new CHAPTER!
Press Release from Outlaws Publishing
I can't go back to yesterday ... all those things I hold dear in my heart -- but I am a different person now and I need to continue on this journey and I hope you will continue to follow it with me .... and I hope to do many more events like these ....
|Richardson, TX Library|
Yes -- I met HIM! A COVER MODEL
and ... he bought my books for his kids! lol! Readers & Writers Roundup - Dallas, TX
|Cindy Nord, Me & Katherine Boyer|
Readers & Writers Roundup
|Aileen Stewart - Kentucky Book Festival|
|Vegas Valley Book Festival|
|Baltimore Book Festival|
Ashley and Forrest Fowler
|East Texas Book Festival - Sandra Biersdorfer|
|Perryton Craft Show -- Elaine Littau|
|Robin's Nest Montessori School|
Red Goes To Kindergarten DEBUT
|Trevor Douglas - from American Idol|
Azle Main Street Arts Festival
|DEAR TEXAS EVENT|
The Thinkery - Austin, TX