On Saturday, May 7th, the Lighthouse Point Friends of the Library hosted a Local Author’s forum. Nina Romano, author of The Secret Language of Women (the first book in her Wayfarer’s Trilogy), T. Mara Jaraek, Author of A Supersleuth is Born, and myself were selected among other worthy candidates as the featured honorees. This event was showcased with brief bio and our photos in the May edition of The Lighthouse Point Magazine, along with announcements in 2 local papers, The Observer and The Pelican. The program began at 11:00 at Fletcher Hall, the city’s community auditorium located next to the Library. We were all seated on stage and with microphones so we could be heard. There was a wonderful turnout of all ages in attendance.
Our featured host and dedicated and recently retired library Director, Doreen Gauthier stared the program by giving a brief biography about each author. Then the invited moderator, Moderator John Spera, Library’s Book Group Coordinator and circulation volunteer. asked each of us 10 intriguing questions, ranging from the first questions, “Writing is often said to be biographical, so where did each of us find your ideas”; to “What author or authors have influenced your style, genre, or even your idea (as each of our books had a different target audience)?
Their last question, which held significant concern to the organizers was, “What do you think is the importance and role of the library in today’s society? The moderated question and answer session lasted nearly an hour before the audience were invited to join in and share their comments or ask questions. The program concluded by drawing 3 raffle tickets, to which each winner was presented with one featured books. Last, Doreen presented each author with a lovely bouquet of flowers, which was unexpected, but made each of us feel very special. Afterwards, everyone returned to the atrium, where we displayed our books, chatted with attendees and answered any additional questions. By the time we left, Nina, Tina, and I so enjoyed learning about each other’s books, that we purchased each other’s books! I look forward to reading their fictional works. All in all, it was a most enjoyable and rewarding experience.