You Should Know This is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Done! A Recap on Friday’s … Unusual Author Event


As a new author, I’ve only attended several actual book signings, including a local author book fair and a book signing at Cook McDoogals. For the most part, these events were pretty standard. Friday’s venue  was probably the most … unusual.


It’s jolly good!

Every first Friday of the month, downtown Kokomo sponsors a community event geared towards promoting local businesses, artists, etc. The goal is to build a stronger sense of community and promote the growing downtown area. Last Friday, I hosted a booth outside of Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe. Meanwhile a historical group reenacted medieval swordplay in the restaurant’s parking lot–ironic, considering my book centers around knights, sword fights, and quests. LOL. More ironic was that this was not planned; it just sort of happened that we scheduled on the same day.

So was the event successful? I’d say so. I only sold like five books, and one of them was to someone I already knew, but fifty bucks is fifty bucks, and I got my face out there, which is important. I also handed out a good number of business cards and bookmarks containing my information so there’s always the possibility of making a future sale. **Crosses fingers** as I log onto the Kindle Direct Publishing page.



More importantly, the event was a lot of fun. Being next to a medieval acting group made the event worthwhile. I got to learn some new information about weapons and armor and witness some fabulous swordplay. The pictures turned out great! And they invited me to their upcoming Renaissance fair right here in Kokomo Indiana! I know my nephew will want to go … he was trying to get free sword lessons during their demonstration. Might have to enroll him in their school one day … but for now, I think we’ll just stick with dance class;)


Book signings are a great way to gain exposure and meet potential readers!

For those of you who have not hosted a book signing, I strongly encourage you to, despite the meager sales. Nothing beats the feeling of being an author or the thrill of meeting potential new readers. It definitely was a satisfying experience.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m off to Judith Barrow‘s blog to share my experience along with some hilarious pictures!

Happy Monday!


Upcoming Author Event – First Friday in Kokomo


On the 7th of August, which is this Friday, I’ll be hosting a booth at Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe in beautiful downtown Kokomo during the First Friday event.

First Friday is a monthly event filled with food, family fun, shopping, arts, music, and more in beautiful downtown Kokomo! It’s an event designed to promote local artists as well as a positive sense of community.


It’s jolly good!

From 5 pm to 9 pm, I’ll be hosting a booth whereat I will be available to discuss my writing, meet and greet potential readers, and sell copies of my published works. There will also be a reenactment group dressed as knights jousting in the parking lot. (Ironic, considering my current title features knights and such). It’s going to be a fun event!

The event is open to anyone and everyone who’d like to join. Please visit this link to learn more about the restaurant. Hope to see you there!

For those of you who can’t attend the event due to proximity, don’t worry, you won’t be excluded. I’ll be sharing photos and thoughts on the event in Monday’s blog!

5 Reasons to Read Local


Today’s the big day! My first local authors event, and I’m so excited! I’ve got everything ready from the tablecloth to the decorations, from the books to the bookmarks. If nothing else, the booth will look amazing. Haha! But mostly, I’m looking forward to meeting local readers and having a chance to share my book with them.

I’m aware that most of my followers on WordPress are not from Indiana, so I don’t expect to see you there. And I don’t expect you to get a plane ticket and fly all the way out here either. Haha! But here’s a list of reasons to read local that apply to any local community:

1. You’re supporting your local community.
Local authors are also your neighbors. They live, work, and shop in your community. By purchasing their books, you’re keeping money in the community, which benefits everyone.

2. You’re encouraging others to read.
Writers are artists. Like musicians and painters, they spend years learning and mastering their craft. And like musicians and painters, their craft contributes to the local arts. Art helps communities thrive and attracts tourism, so support your local author.

3. You’ll broaden your horizons.
The bestsellers lists only make up a small portion of the talent that’s out there. If you only read books from that list, you’re missing out on many great authors–maybe even your next favorite author! So give local authors a chance!

4. You’re supporting local literacy.
This might seem a far stretch, but think about it. When we celebrate local authors, we are promoting literacy in our community. Meeting a local author or seeing a work published by one might encourage someone to read or to improve their own reading and writing skills.

5. You’ll encourage future authors.
Nothing motivates young people to take a stab at their dreams like seeing someone else succeed first. If they see local authors being celebrated in their community, they will be more apt to try their own hand at publishing. Won’t somebody think of the children!

Well, that’s 5 reasons, at least, why you should read local. I’m sure there’s 10 or more, but I’m out of time. I’ve got a lot to do before the event. So anyway, wish me luck, and if you do happen to be in Kokomo IN this evening, please stop by and say hello!

Doing the Dream with LeVar Burton and How Self-publishing Helped Me Realize My Dream


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech in which he shared his vision of America. Last Friday, as part of the 11th annual Doing the Dream celebration, famous actor LeVar Burton came to Kokomo Indiana to advise students how they, too, can achieve their dreams. As an accomplished actor and a man who says he’s living his dream, LeVar Burton stood before students “as living and breathing truth that our dreams do indeed come true.”

Over one hundred middle school, high school, and college grade students were in attendance, including students from my program–hence why I could justify going on a Friday. LOL. Yours truly had a front row seat for this inspiring speech.


LeVar Burton is “living the dream”

For those of you who don’t know him, Burton is well-known for his roles as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and as host on the popular TV series “Reading Rainbow.” He is best known for his role as Kunte Kinte in the groundbreaking TV series “ROOTS” which united audiences from all walks of life in 1977 when it first aired.

Burton spoke in detail how Martin Luther King Jr., as well as three others, inspired him to achieve his own dreams. He also shared with audiences some words of encouragement as well as advice on how to make their dreams become a reality.

“That which we focus our attention on [while] either sleeping or wide awake … is how we make our dreams come true.”

This quote resonated with me as an author because it validates my opinion that a dream is both a conscious and unconscious nagging which will only come to fruition with hard work, attention, and focus. I did not achieve published author status by sipping coffee and wanting to be an author; I made it happen with hard work, sacrifice, and diligence. While others were out partying, watching television, or hanging out with their boyfriends/girlfriends, I was tapping away at the keyboard.


Author photo courtesy of The Kokomo Tribune

I actually got the chance to discuss in detail how I achieved my own dream in Sunday’s edition of The Kokomo Tribune. In a candid interview, I shared with readers how I, being discouraged by the cumbersome process of traditional publishing, realized my dream of becoming a published author through e-publishing. I explained to readers how this nontraditional route was the best opportunity for me to reach a wide audience while maintaining creative control over the novel. I also shared how, after three years of tinkering with edits, my debut novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other finally came to fruition thanks to this alternative route and my own increased efforts following my mother’s cancer diagnosis in August. For the entire interview, please click here. For more information about the novel, including prices, click here to proceed to the Amazon sales page.

Being a published author, being interviewed by the paper, and hearing LeVar Burton speak in-person–I truly feel like I am “living the dream!” What inspired me most was hearing LeVar Burton validate my views on dreams . . . though his words were far more eloquent than mine. LOL. Still, I think the message is the same and can be summed up in one phrase: “Every person has a purpose, and that purpose is to discover his or her gift and then share it with the world.” -LeVar Burton “Doing the Dream 2015”

Thank you everyone for stopping by on this beautiful, cloudy Monday Morning. Hopefully, the excitement from last week will fuel me through another work week. If not, that’s what coffee’s for;) See you all again soon!

Gearing Up for Kokomo-Con 2014!

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Official logo of Kokomo-Con 2014

19 days and counting down until this year’s Kokomo-Con. I know what you’re thinking: Kokomo-Con? What’s that? I’ve never heard of Kokomo-Con. Well, unless you live near Central Indiana, you probably have not heard of this slowly growing nerd convention. It’s like Gen-Con but smaller . . . a lot smaller. In the upcoming years, I’m hoping to see it grow. I see promise in this event.


Let’s just say this Storm Trooper’s wife was not very happy . . .

Last year, I attended with my nephew just to check it out as a potential marketing venue for my upcoming novel. What I found were a lot of booths with guys trying to sell vintage Star Wars collectables and Walking Dead memorabilia. Among them, dotted here and there, were some authors and artists, as well. Those were my favorite booths, as I got a chance to meet these artists face-to-face and inquire on their careers. It was unclear whether or not they viewed this event as a worthwhile marketing venue, but it was clear they enjoyed the convention.

Adventure time!

More so, I enjoyed the costumes. There were so many cool costumes, and everyone was so eager to have their picture taken (with a hot blonde mind you. Haha!) I had so much taking pictures with all of the cosplayers and introducing my nephew to my nerdum . . . I don’t know if he’s been changed for the better . . . but hopefully his life’s dream of becoming a Storm Trooper can be one day be fulfilled.

Anyway, this year the event promises to be better than last year with special guests Denny O’Neil, Rafael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Matt Hansel, and Dave Aikins, to name a few. Solution Squad, Unshaven Comics, Highwind Steamworks and other companies/groups will also be present for the event. I’m looking forward to visiting their booths and seeing all of the great costumes. Speaking of costumes . . .


No, not that kind of elf . . .

My sister and I are dressing up this year as Tauriel and Thranuil from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For squees, my nephew is going as child Legolas. My friend, Sarah, will be joining us, even though her costume will be Star Trek themed (traitor). In preparation for the event, my sister and I have ordered hand-made elf ears, custom-made costumes, and wigs. My sister is even making her own crown out of wire, hot glue, and fake leaves. So far, it’s looking pretty good.

With everything going wrong in my life right now, this is something I’m really looking forward to, so I hope it’s not a bust. With my family and friends going with me, I’m sure it won’t be . . . even if all of the costume parts don’t come in on time. (I’m sure we can wing it).

For those of you who are looking for an interesting event to attend or your first comic-con experience, consider the Kokomo-Con. It won’t disappoint, and maybe I’ll see you there!