Unless one is an author themselves, they cannot understand the excitement when entering the world of authors. Such was Local Author Day at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne WY, on September 14, 2019.
For a third time this year, the Laramie County Library has opened its doors to reach out to local authors. It was a day when the authors themselves could meet new people, describe their books to possible new readers, establish relationships with fellow authors, encourage others to embrace the idea of reading, and have their books available for purchase.
The library offered assistance in payment when needed. Name Tags and tables were also provided for the authors to setup their displays and marketing materials.
Every author has a special story and a reason why they write what they do. They speak in a voice that is audible through words on paper.
Some of the authors did give a few tips to new writers and described a bit of their history.
Author Steven Bates writes books on poetry. His goal is to have people understand, “You can survive PTSD…depression and that suicide is not an option.” Bates has been in operation for about two years. His newest website which is a non-profit organization is called, “Poems Speak” www.poemspeak.com. Books are available online at Amazon.com, Audible.com, and Barnes and Noble. Bate’s goal is to reach out to the military and help them in the areas they may be struggling in.
Author Janna Kestner is a current LCCC instructor. Her newest book, “Shatter Zone” is self-published and was in print about three weeks ago. It is young adult science fiction. “It’s an adventure that takes place between the west part of the Rocky Mountains. It looks how genetics can AI with impact society in the future.” Janna started writing the book in grad school back in 2013 and the process to write and complete the book was about 5 years. This is not Kestner’s first time at self-publishing as she did another book during college. One of Kestner’s biggest tips to new writers is, “Write what you like. Write what you love to read about. Don’t let anyone else choose and think, ‘Oh this is popular, you should write that.’ Write what you like to write and keep at it. It will happen. You’ll enjoy it, it will happen. Don’t worry about it…”
Tina Ann Forkner has been writing since she was a little girl but has been publishing books about ten years. Her first book entitled, “Rose House” came out in 2008. Forkner says publishing can be hard. “I had an agent for my first two novels.” Writing and publishing is not an easy task and therefore there are problems you may run into. Forkner went on to explain, that the difficulty is “dealing with the editing, the editors…the changing they might make, cause in the development of the novel what we think is really great may not be the best.” Forkner has two novels that were published by a different company, which was good, but made more work for her in having to market her books. However, she did enjoy learning what was required to make that happen. Her tips for new writers were, “To not rush to the publishing, to focus on your writing first, and self-editing, and find like minded authors to read your work and people who can be brutally honest…”
Karen Cotton is a children’s writer. Her book, “Carol and Santa” is set to become a movie (cartoon) sometime around 2020 or 2021. Cotton is self-published and believes that to be the easier road, which is understandable and makes the author have more freedom in what they want to write and publish.
Cindy Keen Reynders has been writing for the Public School Chronicle and works at the Laramie County School District. She has two books, “The Seven-Year Witch” and “A Witch at Midnight.”
Liz Roadifer’s book, “This Time for Justice” received an award in 2015 for Kindle Book. A book does not just receive an award, the author must enter a contest, which is what Roadifer has done and had success. Roadifer is a former LCCC tutor for English.
Barb Gorges has a book, “Cheyenne Birds By The Month,” in which she has written the excerpts for birds that were photographed in Cheyenne. Gorges enjoys gardening on the side.
Kyle Seifert is a self-published author. His book, “Diary of a Deed,” is his first novelette. He is currently working on another book to go along with his novelette.
Lori Chapman Longfritz’s book is based on a true story and what happened to her brother while serving on an assignment.
P.J. Maclayne has self-published all of her books. One of her relatives, who is a graphic designer, designed her book cover to, “Wolves’ Knight.” The book is her latest she has published.
J.K. Creswell was the youngest author at Local Author Day. She published her first book at the age of 16 with the help of Authors Steven Bates and Josh Walker. She enjoys drawing illustrations for her books which usually take her about 4-5 hours or a couple of days.
Timothy C. Madden served in several branches of the military and has knowledge of the medical field. He writes children’s books, one which is entitled, “Bumzlee Bee: And The Land Of Out There.”
Other authors who were present included, Pam Brondos, Doug Hughes, Mark Anthony Escalera Sr., Mary Gillgannon, Candice Carroll, Merissa Racine, and Austin J. Bailey and a couple others.
If you did not come and meet these authors, then you missed out on a great opportunity. Just remember, “There is always next year.”