Friday, October 14, 2016

Cedar Communities Presentation

I had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from one of my readers a few weeks ago. Jan said she read my first book, published in 2011, "Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime". What an absolute thrill to hear from her. She explained that she loved the book so much because she had a similar past that she encouraged her book club to read it. She asked if I would be willing to visit with them and discuss the book and my writing journey. We set a date and had several follow-up conversations to prepare for the day's event.

It was a beautiful day to take a drive to Cedar Communities in West Bend. The book club members had reserved their lecture hall for the afternoon's event. They provided me with a microphone, which I've never used before but loved it because everyone could hear me, a podium, and a table to set up my display boards, photos and books.

The presentation began at 3:00. I was asked to speak for an hour to their book club, two guest book clubs, and a memoir group looking for tips and advice - about 35 audience members. That hour sped by as I explained the steps I used to writing and publishing my first book, a peek into my second book, and my advice to those wishing to write their memoirs.

I was given a tour of their facility, which had more of a hotel feel than apartment living. I saw an enormous pool and eight-person hot tub, a satisfying arts and craft center, a huge barn that offers resident woodworkers with enough space and equipment to feel like they're in woodworkers heaven, an attractive restaurant, a gift shop and store and three libraries.

After the tour, we enjoyed an fabulous dinner at the restaurant surrounded by the colors of fall from the birch trees outside nearby windows. Our conversation drifted from their childhood years to the electronic devices of today. We laughed, we ate good food, and we enjoyed each others' company and when dusk settled in I was reluctantly on my way home.

Presenting at book clubs, organizations, associations or book stores and gift shops never gets old. It's a privilege to talk about my work and an appreciated opportunity to give back to others seeking the same writing path.

Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Two Author Presentations

I had the privilege of addressing two audiences last week in two separate author presentations. 
What a privilege, what a joy to be able to stand before an audience and talk about my books, what motivates me to write, and where I see myself going in the future. 
The two events were on the heels of a telephone call I received from a reader with a strong Polish accent who thanked me for writing my first book, “Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime.” She asked me where she could buy the book because she wanted a copy to give to her son. What an extraordinary compliment that I didn’t anticipate when I accepted my husband’s suggestion to write his grandparents’ story. 
We all have a story of immigration in our histories and maybe my book has the ability to start the dialogue in families. As I read the thank you notes that I received from the hosts for last week’s presentations, all I can say is how very lucky am I. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Don Beebe, Former Packer, Visit

Today was special. Don Beebe, a former Green Bay Packer, spoke for nearly one hour at each of the three services at our church at River Glen. He explained in great detail how he never should have ended up in the NFL. He wanted to play basketball. The former Packer explained each time he tried to walk a path other than the one God had intended for him, he was gently corrected or God simply waited until he was ready. His presentation reminded me of how God’s hand can be seen in our lives if you take the time to dialogue with God or in prayer. Beebe reminded us that we all are blessed with gifts but then asked us if we are using the gifts to glorify God? When you look back in your lives, do you see God’s handiwork? We were left with some powerful questions from an impressive man who speaks openly about his faith and his walk with Christ since boyhood. As a writer myself, I have great respect for those who can so eloquently, like Don Beebe, walk onto a stage, and as if he’s talking only to you, speak on such a personal topic as this with an auditorium full of people. After the service, I volunteered to help get the books signed for church members. What a thrill! Until next time, let us live the life we are blessed to live.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Loving Days Like This One

I love days like this one. As many of you know, my second book "The Ticket" is set during the construction of Titanic. In fact, the ship is the lure for the main character, Margaret Reardon. 

I hope when you click on this article you're able to read it because it's a phenomenal story written by Christina Capecchi with the "Catholic Herald". My aunt sent it to me after reading my book because it reveals the strength of character and love for God Father Byles, a passenger on Titanic, exhibited, in the what I can only imagine, as the very worst time of his life. Capecchi tells us the priest was given more than one opportunity to board one of the lifeboats but refused in order to minister to those left behind. 

I've come to understand in my own life that our true character is revealed under the worst of times not the easy ones. What a tremendous blessing to have him on board. 

Until next time, let's enjoy the life we are blessed to live.

Contract Signed for new book: "A Perfect Fit"

It was a great day today because I signed and mailed the contract back to the publisher for my fourth book, "A Perfect Fit "...