I had a wonderful time this past Thursday presenting my Caroline Abbott American Girl and Chloe Ellefson Adult Mysteries programs at the beautiful, historic public library in Lake Mills. Given the enthusiastic turnouts, one would never guess the library was officially closed for renovation!
|Some of the 188 children and adults who attended the program for American Girl Fans.|
|One of the joyful moments of being a children's author|
Program for American Girl Fans
In my hour-long illustrated program I shared some of the stories behind the stories of the fifteen children's books I've written for the Middleton, WI-based American Girl company.
Afterwards I answered questions from the girls, and posed for photos with them. Oh, and did I mention the library gave away a Caroline Abbott doll?!
I was very impressed with the excitement the girls expressed for reading, history, and writing. I loved meeting families that enjoy sharing books together, and librarians so dedicated to their community's readers.
Kudos to all!
Some of the delightful audience of mystery readers who came to my evening program.
Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program
LOVEY Award winner
Best Traditional Mystery
I also presented an illustrated, hour-long program about my Chloe series. These books are written for adults and mature teens who enjoy reading traditional mysteries (i.e., those without explicit sex, violence, or gore).
This series focuses on two main characters, Chloe, a curator at Old World Wisconsin outdoor history museum, and Roelke McKenna, a Police Officer working for the nearby Village of Eagle.
In the program I talked about how the series came about, and discussed some of the key themes in each of the three books (the fourth comes out this October). Afterwards I enjoyed answering questions from the audience. It's fun to learn what caught readers' attention!
My thanks to everyone who attended one or both of the programs. For those who were unable to do so, I hope we can meet at a future event. Readers make it possible for me to do what I love. Thank you!