Just a reminder, I'll be on a panel and giving a short lecture/speech on 9/21 at the Louisiana Studies Conference at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. The panel is set to start at 3:15 and there will be a Q and A session immediately following.
The lecture is formally titled "Loving Louisiana: Turning Fact Into Fiction" and is basically how the book The Bottle Tree came to be as well as a little information on where writers (or at least me) get the ideas for our books.
There are a bunch of great lectures scheduled on a variety of topics. You can see a full schedule here.
The greatest thing is that the conference is free for attendees!
I just finished doing a Skype teleconference with members of the Six Therapy Book Club in Abbeville, La. They had chosen Junebug and the Body to be their reading selection for this meeting.
That was a fantastic experience, the ladies asked some great questions, we had excellent discussions and a fun time. It is extremely flattering to know that people not only read the book but thought it was interesting and funny and were willing to take time out of their lives to visit with me about it.
Thanks to Freida, her sister Lucia, Mary Kay, Joyce, Angie, and expecially to Jessica, the host and the member who showed the phenomenally great taste in choosing the book, Junebug and the Body, for their meeting. (Ladies, please forgive me if I spelled any names wrong!)
I look forward to speaking with them again and hope they will be sure and friend me on Facebook and contact me through this website so we can stay in touch!
On a side note, it was especially cool for my first book club interaction to be in Abbeville, a town I visited a lot when I was younger. It made such an impression on me that one of the local grocery store, Robie's, even makes an appearance in an important scene in No' Chance!
Anyway, thanks again and I look forward to meeting these ladies in person!
I just wanted to drop my readers a note and let them know that I am very honored to have been accepted to be a presenter at the 4th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. on September 21 and 22, 2012.
The presentation will be titled "Loving Louisiana: How History Becomes Fiction". I'll discuss how "The Bottle Tree" came about as well as the trials of writing a novel that is both entertaining and sticks close to the facts.
Copies of my books will be available there as well.
What a great time at the Natchitoches NSU Folk Festival! There were tons of people that came by to visit, many of them who were familiar with the turpentine camp that I wrote about in The Bottle Tree and one gentleman had even been there and we talked about what it looked like! It turns out that my great Aunt who had first told me about the camp had taught him in school when he was a kid.
Many, many thanks to everybody that came by and special thanks to those of you who bought the books! We almost sold out of The Bottle Tree and quite a few people bought Junebug and the Body and No' Chance as well.
I hope you enjoy the read and please let me know when you finish them.
We were invited back for next year so I'll have to get to work and finish a couple more books to have there!
For anyone that's interested in attending I will be at the Louisiana Folklife Festival at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. (my alma mater in my home town) on July 20 &21 2012.
I should have printed copies of all three of my books available, autographs on the books at no extra charge of course, as well as a table with information on the lore surrounding bottle trees as well as on the history of turpentine and logging camps.
I have attended the Folklife Festival on a number of occasions as a visitor and was always impressed with the native artists there as well as the music and, perhaps even better, the food.
You can find more about the Folklife Festival at their website http://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/ and I urge you all to come visit even if it's not to see me. The festival is always great!