Recap: Healdsburg Author's Event at Bean Affair

The Healdsburg Author's Event, hosted by Jeane Sloan and the Bean Affair, was a huge success! Around 25 people showed up to enjoy lunch with local authors. The Bean Affair offers a menuof some killer crepes, which everyone in my family devoured with gusto. After lunch, each of the authors read/spoke for five minutes, then took another five minutes to answer audience questions. The Q/A period was a new addition to this venue, and it was my favorite part. I loved hearing the "story behind the story" from the authors, so to speak.

Jeane Sloan, organizer of the event, read from her historical novel, She Flew Bombers. I've never heard of Women Airforce Service Pilots from WWII, also known as WASPs. As Jeane shared the struggles these women faced in their battle to be seen as equals with men and other military service personel, I found myself getting a little teary-eyed. Here's Jeane:



I also had the pleasure of meeting Steve Cotler, fellow Healdsburgian and Middle Grade writer. His reading from his recently published novel, Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything, had me laughing outloud, and I immediately went home and downloaded his novel to my Nook. Check out his website if you have a chance. Steve did something I've never seen before -- created a website from his character's POV. It's pretty darn clever. Here's Steve:



Joining me in my reading was Joey Manfre, the illustrator of Raggedy Chan (and Godfather to my daughter). It was fun to share our writer-illustrator process with the audience, and we sold a tidy number of books. If any of your indie authors out there are looking for covers, please consider Joey! He's an amazing artist. Here's me and Joey (this is Joey's contemplative pose):




The best part of the event? When my three-year-old daughter said, to an competely silent room: "My butt hurts, my daddy! My butt hurts!"

"My daddy" is what she calls my husband. Not Daddy. Not Dada or Papa. "My Daddy." Gotta love that possessive pronoun.