This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking to attendees of the Boerne, Texas Book & Arts Festival about my new book, Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling, the inspiration behind its release, and the theme of the panel, “writing to heal.”
The Boerne Book & Arts Festival is one of the most notable and well-attended events, of any kind, in the Texas Hill Country. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by so many creative people who are as motivated to tell their personal stories and histories as I am!
This year’s event was packed with a wide spectrum of authors who write all kinds of stories from children’s books, to folk tales, romance novels, Texas history narratives and poetry collections. The event is unique because of its ability to cater to so many people including young children and their parents.
I was honored to be included in the “Writing to Heal” panel that featured authors Cyra Dumitru (author of Elder Moon) and Matt Jaremko (author of Trauma Recovery). Although our backgrounds were all quite different, we celebrated a common theme: using writing as a tool to heal and face life’s most difficult challenges.
I was especially struck by Cyra’s amazing poetry that tells her intense story of loss and moving forward. Her book, Elder Moon, is a collection of poems that reflects on life’s trials and tribulations through the aging process and eldercare. It reminded me of the time I took care of my mother in her old age and the process of healing after her passing.
“Writing to heal” is a topic that is very important to me, and I always relish the opportunity to share my story with a new audience and panel of authors. It was also memorable to have some of my supportive family friends in attendance.
Moreover, I was struck by how many people, that I had never met before, were familiar with my work. In fact, one gentleman had a conversation with me about how much he loved reading my first book, Where the Water Meets the Sand, and it’s always an honor to interact with these new readers.
I’m looking forward to my next event at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio on Friday, October 18. And subsequent book tour in four locations across Chicagoland from Tues., October 22-Thursday, October 24!