On February 19th 2012 I was at my sister’s home for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. We had been shopping all day and were watching a movie or reading quietly in the room together. I was just browsing around on my I-pad and saw something about a writer’s conference in Lumberton NC, where I live. I cannot recall perfectly, but I believe it was in a newsletter from the Lumberton Area Visitors Bureau Executive Director Mickey Gregory.
A change in my career path had me thinking about writing, and a very personal event lead me to write a short story in October of the previous year. This newsletter in February (a month I typically get the winter blahs) piqued my interest because just a few weeks prior I had been looking at a writer’s conference at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, wishing I had time to go. Needless to say that once I researched the event in Lumberton, NC a little further and found out that it not only was a writer’s conference, but it was a charity event as well I knew I was definitely going.
My interest in this event kept growing and I have to say I was really excited about it and telling anyone who would listen that they too… should go. Just getting to see the authors and hear them speak was so interesting to me. The event was a huge success for the Book ‘Em NC Foundation and well, quite frankly for me too.
When I found out about the event, I was interested in writing, but knew I had a long road ahead of me learning about the publishing industry and the craft of writing fiction. Little did I know that I would leave the event with the business cards of a publisher who was interested in my make-shift cookbook that was really the paperless version of a wine journal I had created just for myself. It looked more like a cookbook after I put some serious thought into it that night having a fresh glimpse into the publishing world, and meeting Mike Simpson of Second Wind Publishing.
Second Wind indeed picked up the book and it was released in September of 2012. This year I will be at the Second Annual Book ‘Em NC event in Lumberton, NC on Saturday February 23rd, 2013. This time, I will be there as an author.