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January 23, 2014

Meet the Authors a huge success in Mayo

Mayo — A generous crowd turned out for “Meet the Authors” at Lafayette County Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 14. With the parking lot full, guests had to utilize an overflow parking area across the street, but it was worth the extra few steps to be able to go inside the library and meet so many talented local authors.

Author and publisher Terri Gerrell from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association had a two-fold objective at the event; to promote her own work and to let local authors know about an organization that works to promote authors.

“Small authors, small publishers, if they promote each other, we get more publicity overall and it’s easier for all of us to sell our books and to get better at our craft,” said Gerrell.

More information and valuable resources can be found online at www.FloridaPublishersAssociation.com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Robert L. Parke was sitting beside Gerrell promoting his book “Staying Safe in an Unsafe World”, a guide for college age women to keep them safe in today’s world.

One valuable tip inside Parke’s book alerts women to the dangers of date rape drugs. Just a couple of eye drops squirted into a woman’s alcoholic beverage can render them a victim of date rape, Parke explained. Gerrell said Parke’s book is being well-received in sororities at Florida State University right now.

Author Drollene Brown has written several books and her latest is “Levy County-Voices from the Past”, which she was commissioned to write. Brown is also a ghost writer and said she really isn’t good at writing fiction, so she sticks to non-fiction historical material. One fictional book she wrote, she said, was well written, but she was told it was “not delightful enough.”

Sheilah Broughton is also a first time author and put together what she called “a labor of love” , which is an historical accounting of the minutes from ledger books of Brewer Lake Baptist Church going back to the 1900s. She also included a lot of old photos. She said the book got so big that she could only do the first 50 years. Broughton is a member of the church, as were her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, she said.

“So I have a future project to do the next 50 years,” Broughton said.

Under the pseudonym Lacey Dancer, Sydney Clary was promoting her latest fictional novel “Choices”, an enhanced reprint of her original story written in 1990 under the title of “Silent Enchantment”.

Nancy Singletary from Quality of Life Bookstore and Learning Center in Mayo was promoting her first book, “Arthur’s Book”, which is a tribute to her late husband.

Delores Leggett Walker is working on a “Promise Series” of books and was promoting the first book in the series entitled “Legend of Promise”.

Connie Blosser has written 18 books, mainly children’s books. She comes from Illinois and has been living in Fort White for six months.

“Currently, I’m working on a Children’s TV series,” said Blosser. “The pilot will be recorded in March,” she added. “This is like a dream for me to go this far.”

J.J. Mack, who came up from Beverly Hills, Fla. for the event, wrote a book called “The Essence of the Everlasting Phoenix”, which he said “is a fairly deep book on spirituality.” He said he has and still does study under a guru.

“It doesn’t follow any one religious path, although there are different religious quotes from different religious teachers in it,” he said. “It’s about your true nature and what you really are.”

The Mayo Woman’s Club was on hand with a variety of refreshments for all the guests and participants. They were also doing a fundraiser to promote local community projects, by selling bags of beans with a recipe for Happy Heart Soup.

Wayne Griner, adult activities director, said, “We had about 35 participants in the workshop. This was an excellent beginning to what we hope to make an annual event for the Three Rivers Library System.”

The authors at the event, he said, were mainly from the North Central Florida area.

“The genre of authors was diverse, ranging in fields from religious, fiction, children, historical, security and self awareness,” said Griner.

Future events like this will be held during the first two weeks of November to give patrons an opportunity to secure signed copies for Christmas gifts, Griner explained.

“We would like to thank all of the authors and patrons who supported this first effort,” Griner said.

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