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My First Author Speech was a Success

I gave my first speech as an author today. I was invited to talk about my passion in honor of National Author Day. I wasn’t speaking to other writers this time, though. This was a completely new experience. My audience was a new demographic for me. I was speaking to a group of senior citizens about writing and how to find places to submit their work.

Everyone has stories to tell. Many of my publications are nonfiction. They’re little memoirs about my childhood and early adult years. Those are the stories from my heart. I want everyone to realize that those stories that come from our innermost selves have value.

I sat at a table near the back of the room after my speech. I wanted to give anyone who might have questions or want further discussion the opportunity to visit with me. One person did.

She brought the flyer I had passed out to me and asked me about the publication information I’d shared. She was a fascinating lady who told me several stories about driving a truck in her youth. We visited for about twenty minutes, and she asked for my social media information.

If my new friend chooses to write her stories, I have no doubt she’ll find a good readership. She is personable and humorous. She’s the type of person I would love to meet for coffee and visit all afternoon. She even told me some jokes.

A few other people thanked me for coming and told me they enjoyed my speech but weren’t writers. I’m not disappointed at all. I reached one person. I will feel like I’ve done the world a favor if that one person writes her memoirs, fiction, poetry, or essays.

Speaking of writing from the heart, I’m having a joint Chicken Soup for Soul book signing with Billie Holladay Skelley on November 9, 2019 at Always Buying Books in Joplin, Missouri. We’ll be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. Billie will be signing Angels All Around and The Best Advice I Ever Heard. I’ll be signing It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. I hope to see you there.

In the meantime, perhaps you’d enjoy picking up a pen and pad of paper to write a few lines. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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