Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rocketing to fame: local launch and presentations

A huge shout out to Dianna Graveman who photographed our multi-author Chicken Soup for the Soul panel presentation on Monday evening at Kisker Road Library in St. Charles, MO.

She and her husband and co author, Don, will be signing their new release at Main Street Books Saturday, March 26th from 2-4 p.m. Their book includes photos and pertinent information about local residents. It is sure to be a hit with anyone interested in St. Charles and its history. Stop by Saturday to pick up a copy and say hello to our famous hometown authors.

Donna Volkenannt, Linda O'Connell, Sherri Stanzyk, Pat Wahler, Sioux Roslawski, and Cathi LaMarche (not pictured) have published 70 plus stories in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They have all participated in book signings and panel presentations to promote their work.

It was inspiring to listen to how each of us found our ways into Chicken Soup for the Soul books. 
In 1999 I saw an article in our neighborhood newspaper seeking gardening stories for Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul. I have the blackest thumb, ever, and I even mess up when I try to help Mother Nature take care of her rooted-to-the-earth babies.

I was definitely not a gardener, and had nothing to contribute. Then I got to thinking. I had an experience they might consider, and it was about a flower. A long shot, I admit, but I was willing to take the chance. Read my first published Chicken Soup for the Soul story here. http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/31853/14-the-golden-girls
  Click on the story to read it in its entirety.


Bookie said...

There are lots of bookie people in your "neighborhood"! What a great picture of all you CS writers. I was glad to see the people I "know" online. All look great!

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--It WAS a great evening. What a fun group of women.

Dianna Graveman said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Linda! Your presentation was fantastic, as always! Thanks, also, for the invitation to dine with your talented group. Your group pic should be the featured one here; I hope my ugly mug didn't "break" your blog. I enjoyed being your amateur photographer for the night, though!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

As always, I'm too far South and was unable to attend and hear all of you speak. I imagine you had a wonderful evening, and---again, as always---I'm sorry I missed it.

Connie said...

Looks like your presentation went well. Glad to hear it was a success. :)

Val said...

I can't think of a better group to ladle out some Chicken Soup advice!

Pat Wahler said...

Such fun! Really enjoyed being with you ladies.

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Susan Sundwall said...

I love to read about how writers first came to the pen. You are truly a CS Champ, Linda!