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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Family Reading Night

On November 19, I had the wonderful privilege of talking to an audience of about 70 about my books. The focus was on my two works of fiction - Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone and the just-released sequel Otter and Arthur and the Round Table.

Of all the events I've done in support of my books, this has been my favorite. Why? Because it was at my kids' school.

I talked for about 45 minutes about the writing process, how I published my books, when I started writing, and what inspired me to write. I asked the kids what they knew about King Arthur (the basis for my Otter and Arthur books). Afterward, I sold and signed books.
My sons both got in on the act. In the photo at the left, my oldest son was helping collect money for books and distributing them. Meanwhile, at the end of the presentation my youngest son and his friends broke into an impromptu cheer for me!
It was also a special treat to have Gen Goering, the cover artist, there. She signed books as well. Since she is also a parent at the school, it was nice to be able to showcase her work - including the original paintings which became the book covers.
Thank you to everyone who came and made this a very memorable event for me!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My First Fan Mail!

As I prepare to launch Otter and Arthur and the Round Table (cover image below), I want to express my gratitude to all the family, friends, and fans who supported the first book, Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.

I received the proof for the Round Table book yesterday. That was exciting enough, but I also got this wonderful letter about the first book:

No matter how many books I write, I don't know if anything can top being told I am someone's favorite author!

The picture above is Kimi's own version of the cover of Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. With apologies to Gen Goering who created the original artwork, I might have to replace it with Kimi's work in subsequent reprints!

As a self-published writer, I recognize I'll never sell a lot of books. It doesn't matter. It's about the joy of writing. However, writers don't just write so they can put a finished product in a drawer somewhere. They want their work to be appreciated. Kimi, you have no idea how much it means to me to have you take the time to write a letter and draw pictures for me! Thank you! You've made it all worthwhile! - Dave