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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Three More Weeks...and the Winner Is...

Summer is almost here. I can feel it in the humidity, the kid's activities and my need for the beach. But too much has to happen between now and then. School has to finish (and that includes exams), and my new novel, THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS will be released. (BIG party in Atlanta -- check out the appearance schedule)

Business first -- the FIRST weekly winner of the gorgeous hand crafted leather portfolio is Linda Thomas from Kettering, Ohio. Congratulations, Linda. To all those who already entered -- your name is re-entered every week, so you still have a chance!

So that you can see that this book tour life isn't quite as glamorous as you think it is -- travel with me along the way, and I'll tell you all the crazy and beautiful things that happen on the road
(isn't it true that "crazy and beautiful" often combine). Pictures of exhausted Patti will be included.

I feel like the unofficial beginning of book tour was last week. I attended the Alabama Writer's Symposium with other authors, artists and scholars (all have ties to Alabama). Okay, if you've never attended this symposium, put it on your calendar for next year. It is in Monroeville, AL (the home of Harper Lee). And if you've read BETWEEN THE TIDES, you know how I feel about Harper Lee's work. I was honored to be there, and I laughed and was inspired and motivated. Sometimes, as authors, we forget why we do what we do, and rubbing shoulders with other authors always reminds me of the inherent power in storytelling.

Here are a couple pictures of the festival....
This one is of Michael Morris (you absolutely must read his poetic work: SLOW WAY HOME), Beth Nielsen Chapman (a brilliant Nashville songwriter who inspired ALL of us with her talk on creativity.), Me with crooked glasses, Daniel Wallace (Brilliant, funny -- of course the author of Big Fish), Karen Zacharias (you must check out her new book, WHERE'S YOUR JESUS NOW? Karen has that uncanny ability to see through our hearts).

Now this second photo is almost surreal, but it's not photoshop. I DID speak in the courthouse of Monroeville (the courthouse in To Kill a Mockingbird). Needless to say -- honored is an understatement.


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