I walked into the library and . . .

Jan. 16: . . . . . . there was this poster promoting our participation in an event February 8. OK, that’s not the entire truth. We had a second-hand invitation to participate  but never had contact with the organizer-even though we thought it would be a fun event and had marked our calendars.

Then, having lunch at Saratoga Grill in Hillsborough, our waitress, Jessica, said, “I saw the poster announcing your event at the library.” Well, we then had to make a trip to the library and in spite of the cold, we walked over to the library and there on the second floor, behind the circulation desk is this really big poster. It has a lot more than you see here, describing the authors and the books they published. So, there we are front and center.

And a second surprise. Our novel was prominently displayed on the top of one of the book shelves.  We didn’t even know the library had purchased our book!

I don’t think of our participation as a  “discussion on inspiration,” that’s too lofty. So far, we have plotted around settings we are very familiar with. The Long Road to Paris was based on our own rally experiences and now Night Watch will be based on our Bahamas sailing experiences. Our characters are either real people, who with their permission are used fictionally, or a composite of people we have encountered in these settings. the setting for us is the easy part. Now, our convoluted plots? Well, that takes some real effort. But by-in-large our reality-based suspense is easy compared to some of these other writers. I am really curious about the steampunk and sci. fi. writers. Where do their ideas come from? My mind just doesn’t work like that. If we run out of our life experiences we’ll just have to quit writing, but then we still have to work our way through Paris,  Charleston, a train across Russia…we’re not going to run out soon. And if we do? Well, there’s always travel, moving….

Hope to see some of you on February 8.


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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5 Responses to I walked into the library and . . .

  1. TBC says:

    How nice of them to check with you first to make sure it was a go! Ah well, such are the life and times of an author. Good thing you aren’t off sailing! And you’ll be a smash-hit duo, I know.

    Wish we could be there, but we shall have to content ourselves with our own adventure in Costa Rica!



  2. joanie alexana says:

    Front and center – Perfect.

  3. rdsieber says:

    What time is the reading? I’ll show up, but do I haveta schlep over to H’Borough to read the poster?
    Inquiring knows want to mind!
    Inquiring wants mind to know!
    Inquiring… ?

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Great. THis is not a reading, it is a discussion of how authors get “inspiration” for plot, character development, setting, etc. It is at 6:00 pm. Responses will be guided by audience questions. That’s what we know. Hope to see you there. J&E

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