Here in Florida, it’s the height of the tourist season. That means my schedule becomes as full as the village beauty queen’s date book … you know … the one who has a problem pronouncing “no” … Most organizations schedule events during this period of time to maximize attendance. That means historical talks, writer courses, literary seminars, book signings, and more compete to fill a lot of my available writing time. I welcome all the activity. Besides introducing me to a plethora of new readers, it provides great feedback on projects in which I’m engaged. Events like the ones coming in the next couple weeks are great examples This weekend (Friday at 4 PM) I’m scheduled to be at FGCU’s, Punta Gorda campus to talk about Florida’s history during the development of the cattle business.
I’ll also be at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center for a three day event there. That’s Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. I’ve attended this program for several years and a truly uplifting experience is the large numbers of readers who identify themselves as fans and are eager to hear about my latest books. It’s great to have a novel that is being released at the same time. The Bait Man ships out to stores starting next week and I’ll have some advance copies for my “believers.” Pictured here is “Dan” who has everything I’ve had published (even articles he’s copied from the net). Talk about an ego builder.
I’ll be giving a writers presentation to the ABC Writers organization on Wednesday the 15th at the Selby Library in Sarasota. It will be a practical guide to writing historical fiction. Whenever I do one of my talks, courses, or seminars, my intent is send my listeners away with some usable tools for their writer’s tool box.
On Saturday, March 18, I’ll be in Arcadia, Florida at the celebration of Pioneer Days. I’ll be there to talk to folks visiting about Florida’s history. I’ve added something to enhance these outdoor appearances; a generator so I can show my historical power point dog and ponies
shows. The programs that people like the Arcadia group are putting on are so fantastic for the folks in this area because so many are recent residents. Florida is a state of newcomers who are eager to know what the past was like in the Sunshine State. Arcadia was and IS in the heart of Florida’s cattle industry. Take a step back in time and visit the event. Pioneer Days is held in the outdoors on the historic Peace River so come dressed informally and be ready if the elements become unfriendly.
As I mentioned, my latest novel, The Bait Man, is to be released this week. If you like a suspenseful mystery that is centered around a lovable and memorable heroine pick one up. Chessie Partin will be on everyone’s favorite character list. For those who know my work, there are those learning tidbits that I always include in my books.
If you’d like more info on these upcoming events, check my website at www.dlhavlin.com . Click on the schedule section on the left side of the home page.
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