Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Authors on Grayson

On my way to Galax, I stopped at Lovers Leap to take a picture.

I had to drive around for a bit and ask directions, but I finally got there. When I saw this sign, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

Actually, there were lots of signs. I liked this one.

The author part of the Galax String and Leaf Festival was sponsored by Chapters Bookstore.

The 47 authors had tables under big tents. My book was there waiting for me.

Fellow member of both Roanoke Valley Pen Women and Valley Writers, Peggy Shifflett, was beside me. If you haven't read her books, you're missing something good.

On the other side of me was Roland Lazenby, who's written a lot of sports books (and is published by a major NY publisher). I don't know why I have such a sour expression in this picture.

I look much happier in this picture.

Michele Young-Stone was right across from me. Her debut novel (from a big NY publisher) looks really good. I love the title. She also has a blog.

A lot of people wandered through the tents and looked at books. One little boy, whose mother bought Ferradiddledumday, stopped by later to tell me he really liked my book.

One little boy, whose mother bought Ferradiddledumday, stopped by later to tell me he really liked my book. Even some dogs came by. This Jack Russell terrier was wearing pretty pink shoes.

Sharyn McCrumb and Adam Edwards were late because a tractor trailer accident blocked Interstate 81 for hours. At a reception later, they talked about Faster Pastor.

Kathleen Grissom also spoke at the reception. I bought a copy of her debut novel, The Kitchen House, because I'd heard such good things about it.

I didn't stay at my table all the time. Sometimes I ventured onto the blocked off Main Street to see other vendors.

Today was a really good day, but it was long and hotand I'm really tired. 

I wonder how my husband is doing taking care of all the critters while I'm away. He had a long, hot day raking hay.


Blogger Snappy Di said...

Thank goodness for hardworking husbands holding down the home front.

You really took a nice snapshot of Lover's Leap, a place I have not been yet.


9:08 AM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

Becky, did you make the quilt on your table? It's beautiful! And I haven't seen shoes on dogs since I was in NYC. Although in NYC the dogs had coats to match,lol!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

I bought the quilt at Goodwill for $8 last year. I love it. And that little dog was really cute.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Toby Speed said...

Love all the pics that go with your writeup, Becky, including the scenic view you captured on your way there. The event looks like it was a lot of fun.

9:11 AM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

That looks like a really nice event. Were all of those tents authors?

3:47 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

The 47 authors were under one big tent. The other tents sheltered various craftspeople or musicians. "Authors on Grayson" was part of the larger Galax String & Leaf Festival.

4:02 PM  

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