Recent Personal Appearances
It’s been busy on the public speaking front lately: I’ve had three appearances in the past few weeks, in very different venues.
On Saturday evening, September 15th, I was honored to be the guest speaker at Conner & Smith, part of an intimate evening that included samplings of several different wines, live music and conversations about the arts. I was interviewed by host Matt Conner, discussed my Gemeta Stone series and fielded questions about the writing process.
On Tuesday, September 18th, I traveled to Front Royal, Virginia for a visit to Skyline High School, where I was the guest speaker for two Creative Writing classes (taught by Rich Follett) and one AP Literature class (taught by Matt Kull) – approximately 60 students altogether. I had a lively discussion with all three classes about the craft of writing, touching on topics as wide-ranging as development of characters, the dreaded waking-up opener, and writer’s block. Here are some scenes from that day:
When 2:30 rolled around the students were dismissed for the day, but I stayed for a quick interview with Mike McCool of the Royal Examiner. You can see the two videos here and here (warning: they’re long).
On October 13th I participated in Indie Author Day at Patrick Henry Library in my own little town of Vienna, Virginia. While there wasn’t as much foot traffic to our room as I would have liked (signage from the library would have helped), I did have some interesting chats with the library’s rep and my fellow authors (in the photo below, I’m talking to Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and The Super-Secret Plans). Overall I was pleased with the way my table looked, and got a few more ideas from looking at the other authors’ displays.
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