I took the past few days to reflect before I let everyone know what wonderful experiences I had at the Lowcountry Women Authors Book Signing this past weekend at the Citadel Alumni House in Charleston, SC. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Women, the English Dept. of the Citadel, and the Mt. Pleasant Barnes & Noble.
This was my first true book signing event and it felt great to be in the presence of sooo many women authors. I wanted to soak up as much of the ambiance as possible. These women who were, in a sense, in competition with each other, instead showed what it was like to be colleagues that shared a passion for writing and were very supportive of one another — for when one of us succeeds, the group as a whole is raised up.
I must say that, for me, the highlight of the afternoon came at the end of the day. Dorothea Benton Frank, NY Times Bestselling Author of Sullivan’s Island and many other novels, and who had been signing copies of her newest release, Folly Beach, came over to my table while we were packing up. She asked me about my book, The Seahawk’s Sanctuary, and purchased a copy before leaving the event. All I can say is: Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
And yesterday she sent me a message through Facebook: “Can’t wait to read it – great meeting you!” Such kind remarks from a fellow author who has been where I am currently (at the very beginning) and has made it to the highest level of our profession!