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Happening Now (updated May 2015)
WEST PA AUTHORS BOOK FESTIVAL
began as trying to gather a few of the authors in my county
to do small events together and to share space at crafts shows has now
grown into an actual author event, right in the heart of Mercer County,
West PA Authors Book Festival
July 25, 2015, 10 - 4
Mercer Courthouse Lawn
the seat of Mercer County, is a beautiful hilly small town with Victorian
buildings and very few stop lights. It's currently in the middle of
a revival led by small business owners and area artists. There will
be a dozen authors or so from the West PA area set up to sign books
and answer questions. We will also have with readings and a few activities
for kids. Libraries and other literary groups will also be in attendance.
The festival is hosted by Mercer Mainstreet and will run some of the
same hours as the farm market (9-2), right there at the courthouse.
Be sure to stop by our welcome tent to pick up an event flyer. There
will also be tote bags and stylus pens available for purchase, proceeds
of which help support the event costs.
Find more information at WestPABookFestival.com
LK RELEASE: The gallery
June 2003, I released my first novel, Finishing Touches.
Set in my hometown area of Peoria, Illinois with jaunts into Chicago,
Finishing Touches is the story of a young artist, recently
widowed with a new baby and no life direction. Her past weighs on her
heavily and she has to pull herself from it in order to move on.
This short novel won rave reviews
and although an epilogue lets the reader know how things work out in
the very near future, Jenna has a way to go yet. Therefore, a sequel.
I finally finished up that story that's been langouring in my files
for years as I pursued other books and characters that screamed for
attention. Jenna doesn't scream for attention. She keeps things to herself.
She's quiet. She can be fiery and adament at times, but in small ways.
And yet readers find her very easy to relate to and empathize with in
her largely subconscious quest for whatever path she needs to find.
She'd been waiting patiently, but it was her turn.
The gallery is Finishing Touches
and Final Strokes in one combined edition. It is available
as ebooks separately. Find info
here on its page.
All art is personal.
life is art.
WRITE THE LIGHT IN
Writing is incredible therapy. My interest in
helping to guide people out of darkness led, back in my college days,
to a psychology degree.** I use what I learned in school, as well as
from my own observations, in my books instead of in field work. One
topic that especially hit me was Narrative Therapy. Not in practice
much in the US as of now, narrative therapy states that the person is
not the problem; the problem is the problem. The two are separate and
we can rewrite our own narrative once we realize we're living with other
people's narratives of our lives. The best way to explore the difference
between others' narratives and our own is to write it out.
At my publishing company, Elucidate
Publishing, I'm getting resources together to spread the idea of
Writing the Light In through storytelling, journaling, memoirs, etc.
Go to the site for personal essays about how authors and others have
used writing as self-therapy. Write The Light In is also on Pinterest
If you're a professional in the field and would like to write a brief
article pertaining to writing as therapy/narrative therapy, or if you're
an author who would like to guest blog on the theme, please email.
**I am not a registered
therapist. Advice, articles, and guest posts are meant only as encouragement.
FOR LOVERS OF THE ARTS
been stalled for far too long, so now it's back, moved to an easier-to-update
place, with the same web address and with a little help from some friends.
Elucidations.us, my tribute to the indie arts, is now back up and running.
Look forward to more interviews, articles, and info related to indie
arts and artists.
INDIE BOOK REVIEWS
Publishing is now adding occassional reviews of self-pubbed books.
be hitting a few local arts fairs and other events this summer, to include
Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
starting the beginnig of July and running through early fall (disclaimer:
I will not be there every Saturday-- attendance depends on schedule
availability). Watch my Facebook
page for info about where I'll be..
LOCAL VENUES that carry my books:
The Paperback Place in Mercer (currently
Nelson's Flowers in Mercer (the flower shop,
not the garden center)
and More in the Shenango Valley Mall, Hermitage, has
my print books. (You can also order my ebooks through Leana's store!)
Check the Reviews
page to see what readers are saying about my books. (I do not pay for
or solicit reviews.)
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"Better to write for yourself and have
no public than to write for the public and have no self."—
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