Yesterday I spent three hours at McKay's Book Store selling and signing my book. I was glad to speak with a number of interested people who stopped by my table. I take every opportunity afforded to me to discuss Moon Flyers and mental illness.
On Thursday evening, Dr. Tracy Schultz, Jane Elmore, and I presented a program at the Chattanooga Jewish Federation's Cultural Center. From the immediate feedback, I consider the program a success.
The bonus for me was I sold more copies of my book, Moon Flyers. I am grateful to Ann Treadwell, Program Director for helping plan the evening and providing the setups and refreshmens. She is always so delightful to work with.
Of course, Tracy and Jane added their expertise to complement my presentation.
I appreciate their willingness to participate.
I am delighted to be recognized by a fellow author.
"You really did a great job on your book. I am enjoying reading it. We all live such secret lives when we are married to people with a mental illness that we are trying to protect. Thank you for sharing your story."
Despite the rainy weather, I and other local authors presented our books for sale. You see me on the left in pink. The library is in Ringgold, GA and is the location of the bi-monthly meetings of the North Georgia Writers Group of which I am a member. I spoke with a number of visitors, discussed my book, and explained the importance of speaking of mental illness. I consider any opportunity to share information a worthwhile use of time and energy.
I will have another opportunity to speak and sell Moon Flyers-A Family Memoir: Coping With Mental Illness on Oct. 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Jewish Cultural Center. I hope there will be a large attendance.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I presented a workshop for family members and caregivers of those suffering with mental illness. Reading from my book, Moon Flyers- A Family Memoir: Coping With Mental Illness, helped the more than thirty participants understand why I wrote my story and how I found a way to use humor to help me cope. I will be presenting my book again during a panel discussion at the Jewish Cultural Center in Chattanooga on Oct. 29, 2015. Book sales will take place at the end of the program. I will also sell and sign my book at the Catoosa County Library in Ringgold, GA on Oct. 10th and McKay's Book Store on Lee Highway, Chattanooga, on Nov. 7th.
The photographer was my daughter, Hara Paper.
Perhaps one of my most contemporary challenges is finding ways to tell a story without unnecessary words and phrases. Each time I sit to compose I keep this in mind. Finding the perfect word or phrase to express a thought or idea is another challenge. Learning to be a good writer is an ongoing process.
“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
― Thomas Jefferson