One of my favorite writers, Clyde Edgerton, doesn’t just read from his books. He tells stories and sings and plays guitar. He is funny, poignant, and entertaining. I have always wanted to do that but . . .
In the past, I have been a little hesitant about public readings. I am not shy or afraid of speaking. But my previous books have been deeply personal. I think that is why they work and am grateful that many people have made a connection with their own stories. But it has been hard to get up in front of people and share. I think of Take My Hand and Parables of Parenthood as private conversations between the reader and me.
My new book, however, is a work of fiction. I have created these characters and want to share them. And I hope to have a wonderful time doing so.
In the coming weeks and months, I will be appearing in the public to give readings. Like Edgerton, I plan to bring my guitar, sharing a few songs and stories that have inspired me and connect to my novel, Earning Innocence. The first of these public performances is September 20 in Winston-Salem. Full details are available by clicking on the link below.
I hope you will be able to join me. I have always wanted to do this.