Ambition is alive and thriving in Michigan. We hear so much about the dismal Michigan economy that it would be easy to fall into the "bah humbug" trap. Yesterday I met a group of people that smiled, lifted others up and are definitely looking forward to the future. These people understand sacrificing for a dream. They understand the cost of moon lighting at a second job while pursuing a better future for themselves and their families. Pursuing that dream is the number 1 priority of this group. They all have a dream. I am talking about writers.
Authors from far and wide met for the Michigan Spring Book Festival. One woman I spoke with had traveled from New Jersey to be at the Festival. She sat at a table with her family, a husband and two darling small children. She proudly displayed her children's book. Her name was Antoinette Gelin. Antoinette shared her frustration with me about the trials and tribulations of publication. But frustration was tempered with a willingness to share the joy of seeing her book in publication. As she sat there her husband was working on the illustrations for her next book. You can reach Antoinette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bubbly young mother who is originally from France and still speaks with a French accent was generous with her time and knowledge. Her children's book is currently in use in French public schools. She has just recently published here in the US. She also sat with her family as they visited with shoppers at the mall and other authors. Her name is Gwen Bocher Pion and you reach her at email@example.com. Absolutely charming.
I spoke with the author and his family that had also self-published a children's book about bullies. He has another book in progress and is planning to do his own illustrations with this new book. Talent was everywhere you looked yesterday. You can find David L. Watkins at http://booksbydavidwatkins.com/.
Not everyone there at the Festival is new to promotion. I visited with Harriet Cammock and anyone living in the Metro Detroit area would recognize the name. She is very active in our community, hosting a radio program every Sunday afternoon. She has written a book about domestic violence. She speaks from experience. She was delightful and informative. The name of her book is, "Through the Fire". You can reach Harriot at http://harrietcammock.org/.
My spirit was in need of fellowship with other authors. I could have used the word networking but it just does not explain the camaraderie that was present yesterday. Yes, Michigan Governor Snyder would have stood proud at the self determination of the writers. I am looking forward to next year when my husband and I will have a table with my dream baby, "Jesus to the Rescue". It's all good in the neighborhood.