Saturday I'm signing copies of Promise & Purpose at the Barnes & Noble in Naples (Florida, not Italy haha), from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Hopefully some peeps will come in on their way to the beach and pick up a couple of good beach reads. Hehe
It's B&N's Local Author Event, which I think is really cool of them to do. I'm excited to see the other local authors and look forward to meeting some new friends.
Southwest Florida is home (at least part of the year) to a ton of authors. It's one of those places a lot of people imagine (whether they realize it or not) when they think, "If I could live anywhere..." because it's so incredibly beautiful, relaxed and you can't beat the weather...except maybe in August. And since writing doesn't dictate you live in a certain geographic location, many writers come here.
It's also the place of retirees and how many times have you heard people say, "When I retire, I'll write that book I always wanted to." And some people actually do that!
What's funny is you don't really realize just how many authors live here until an event like Saturday's. Last week was the Naples Book & Author Festival. I didn't make it this year, but we went last year and it was amazing to discover all the local writers! I guess we all hide in our little author places and no one really knows that we're here.
What about where you live? Are there lots of authors in hiding and when they come out, they surprise you? Or are they out all over the place? Or do you feel lucky to drive 100 miles to go to a signing? I've lived in many of those places, too.