This past Saturday I had the honor of attending a local author event at the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls. Looming high over its surrounding buildings, the Carnegie Free Library is a beautiful, massive chunk of Beaver Falls history. Its interior matched its exemplary exterior as well with its high ceilings and vast rooms.
My booth was stationed in the smaller area designated of teens/young adults, and I was placed next to many wonderful, talented, and kind authors. This event was a great opportunity to mingle with fellow authors and learn about their lives and writings. Their accomplishments inspire me to continue to pursue my passion of writing, exemplifying the fact that it's hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything you set your mind to (despite being a cliche),
At the event, I was able to sell a few of my novels, but that was not the point in attending--I was able to meet wonderful readers and prospective writers who were encouraging and uplifting. Met people seeking knowledge about the craft of writing and was able to share my experiences with them, hopefully giving them enough insight and inspiration to pursue a project they've been brainstorming for years but haven't yet had the courage to begin.
This was the second library event that I have attended and I hope I made it clear to the administration of this event that I would be delighted to participate in any other activities the library has in store. Communicating and mingling with other people who are as interested in writing as I am fills me with a sense of purpose and demonstrates that there are others like me who share the same burning desire to put words to paper, and that fact alone is enough to renew my faith in humanity and to remember that creativity still exists amongst the terror that often consumes our world.
Again, thank you to everyone who made the event possible and I look forward to seeing those smiling, familiar faces in the near future.