Book ’Em NC – by Deborah J Ledford

My first novel, STACCATO, takes place entirely in the western region of North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Swain County, and much of that location is the setting for my latest release, SNARE, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist  so when I was approached to appear at Book ’Em NC I didn’t hesitate to accept their invitation.

As quoted on their website “The purpose of The Book ’Em Foundation and this event is to raise public awareness of the link between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. Proceeds from the Book ’Em North Carolina book fair will go directly to increasing literacy in Robeson County, North Carolina and to reducing crime in the area.”

This year’s book fair featured 85 authors who reside in North Carolina, or feature the state in their writing. Special guests were Michael Palmer and Carla Neggers for this one-day book fair, February 25th.

I’ve been involved in quite a few book fairs and have attended many top notch writers conference and found Book ’Em NC to be one of the best organized events I’ve had the pleasure of being part of. Award-winning author p.m. (Trish) terrell and youth services librarian Katie Huneycutt, along with their huge team of volunteers kept chaos at bay beginning months before the event until the final load out.

Trish kept all of the authors in the loop with her weekly countdown newsletter and everyone knew exactly what was expected of them at the time of their arrival. I learned a lot from her leadership abilities and organization skills.

Second Wind Publishing was well represented by Mike Simpson who appeared on two publishing industry panels. I’m sure he was inundated by people wishing to have their words published by his indie press and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he signs one or more of these talented writers in attendance.

I had the honor of appearing on the “Southern Literature” panel along with Susan Whitfield (her books, Genesis Beach and Just North of Luck, are next on my reading list), Man Martin and Bill Thompson. This turned out to be a well-attended and lively discussion about why and how we authors write about the South. Although I don’t live in North Carolina, I spent all of my summers growing up there as a child and NC holds a special place in my heart—which is why I feature the Great Smoky Mountain area in my novels and many of my award-winning short stories.

This is my SNARE and STACCATO display at Book’ Em NC

A large percentage of every book sold was donated and due to Book ’Em NC’s efforts, over $14,000 were raised to fight illiteracy and crime in Lumberton County.

I hope to attend Book ’Em NC next year and encourage any author with a book available set in the south to contact Trish so they can be involved in the next spectacular celebration of books.

Deborah J Ledford’s latest suspense novel SNARE, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, is book two of her Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. STACCATO, book one of the serial, is also available. Both novels are published by Second Wind Publishing. To find out more about Deborah, receive a Free Download of the first chapters of her novels, and to read a few previously published short stories, she invites you to visit her website.

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8 responses to “Book ’Em NC – by Deborah J Ledford

  1. Sounds like a great conference. Nice name, too.

    Malcolm

  2. Good for you, Deborah, and Mike, too. It’s important to give back and fun to do it in such an educational way.

  3. Congratulations, Deb! This looks like a terrific book fair + civic effort. And your display is truly inviting…

  4. Thanks to Deb for being such a generous representative of Second Wind. As you wrote, I was indeed approached by a number of would be writers, including several published by other companies. . . . By the way, Deb, aren’t your two books supposed to be part of a trilogy?

    • It was great seeing you again, Mike! And thanks for finding some great grits while I was in Winston-Salem. Yes, the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series is indeed a trilogy . . . should I have been one of the authors at Book ‘Em NC to approach you as well??

  5. Sounds wonderful, and a wise purpose too.

  6. Sounds like a great event!

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