Exciting and Intimidating

Sept. 8. We have been invited to participate in OCIM “Authors on a Mission” fund-raising event on Oct. 20. Just so you know, OCIM serves the needs of citizens in Northern Orange County (that’s N.C.’s Orange Co.). OCIM provides food, shelter and medicine to those in need.  Along with other authors, we will all do a 15 minute reading from our book. 

Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough will have books to sell that authors will sign. Sharon Wheeler, the owner of Purple Crow is donating the profits from books sales to OCIM. We will get to meet other authors who are much more established and experienced than us. That’s were the intimidating part comes in.

OK, this should be a fun event, but we have never done a reading from our novel (or anyone elses novel). So far, our “author events” have been to talk about our own long road to Paris.

the Welcome Home party that our friends, Jackie and JP hosted for us at The Depot in Hillsborough. The Depot is a hard to describe eclectic hang-out with food, music and good people. And how can you not have fun when you get to be the center of attention? Since we couldn’t use Powerpoint, we (make that Jan) put together a poster with photos of all three parts of the trip, the US, Asia and Europe.  The hard part was decided which photos to include.


Whit plays "Stewball"

In addition to friends gathering. Whit-that’s Bill Whitmore, provided music and started the group with our modified rendition of Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Stewball”. In case you don’t know, that is the song that inspired our car’s name. In  the song, Stewball is a race horse that never drinks water.(He only drinks wine.)  Our 67 Beetle is air-cooled and this seemed an appropriate name. Let it also be said that Stewball was the underdog and since we were the oldest team that seemed to fit too!

Marie-Claire, our sales rep.

The final addition to this event was the appearance of Marie-Claire who will now travel with us to all author and book events. Who can resist buying a book that this beauty recommends. Made by our friend Jan McCall who now lives in Oregon, Marie-Claire arrived just days before our party and was an attractive addition. She even offered to gift wrap books after we signed them.

 But now back to our First Reading Experience. The first decision we need to make is: What to read? We have 15 minutes. Here’s where you come in. We want your help. Which part do you think will enthrall the listeners and entice them to buy and read the book? The beginning? Many authors do that. Some later chapter? Our dilemma is; we don’t want to give too much away. The mystery and suspense are big parts of the story and we want the twists and turns to be a surprise for the reader.

Help us out here, you can post your comments with page numbers or chapter numbers so we can decide what to read. We’ll let you know what we pick. If your idea is chosen, we will sign and gift wrap a book for you to give as a holiday or birthday present (yup, we’ll mail it too) since we presume you have it already. Any other ideas or experiences in doing a reading or listening to authors read are welcomed.

Jan and Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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3 Responses to Exciting and Intimidating

  1. TBC says:

    I’l start by saying that you have done readings before. We know, because Arnie and I have been privvy to them! Piece of cake now that you know how to do it! You could even take two parts and each read the appropriate ones. Ed could be, guess what, Ed, and Jan could be Marie Claire.

    As to the part to read, I would select something more from the beginning. A tantalizing tidbit to suck the would-be reader in.

    We look forward to being there.


    TBC and Arnie

  2. Susan Attermeier says:

    Jan and Ed-

    Having attended many author readings, I think the key is to be original, sort of spontaneous, and authentic. Some authors are naturally funny and always capture the audience. Others, like Heidi Durrow who Jan heard at the Writers for Readers event, are not funny and don’t try to be. Heidi spoke so movingly that Jan invited wanted to be her new best friend!

    Since I’ve known you for a long time, as I thought about presenting your work the theme of “long and adventurous road” came to mind. The fact that you are new to this activity is just another example of your personal journeys. Ed: professor, construction guy, equipment engineer, car guy and now author. Jan: physical therapist, professor (I just awarded you the tenure position you should have had) professional writer par excellence, businesswoman, and now author. As a couple, separated at birth but reunited. Parents by loving choice. So … you are Stewball!


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