Robert Arends, left, meets author David Shepard-Love, who wrote Love Illuminations during the Local Author Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Titles Bookstore on George St. The event attracted seven authors who were on hand to sign copies of their books and meet their readers. CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency
It was a time for local authors to get together, to converse amongst themselves and meet members of the public.
A group of eight writers/illustrators gathered at Titles Bookstore on George St. Saturday for a Local Author Showcase and they made themselves available for nearly a two-hour period.
They included Lisa Robbins, who authored the Cancer Journal – Heal Yourself; Connie McCracken, who wrote Indigo Boy and Crystalline Girl; Michelle Cardwell, author of Seeing The World Through Different Eyes; Donna McDougall, writer of Missionary Cay ; Jan Porter, author of Peaceful Warrior, Annish's Journey; David Shepard-Love, who wrote Love Illuminations and Carolyn Moring Lowes, author of Awakening Avery. Cardwell was joined by her son Mitchell who was the artist and illustrator of his mother's book.
The event is an annual affair hosted by Titles co-owners and husband and wife Dave and Anne Heuft.
"We do it to support local authors," said Anne. "They are from Peterborough and area. We do it this way because makes it easier for the public to find them. They are all in one place and it's a good way to meet them in person."
The authors enjoyed the day as well. Many of the works were self-reflections or stories about others.
"It was a great opportunity for us because it's hard to get into people knowing about us," said McCracken. "It's good for us, too, to talk with the other authors and hear what they have been doing."
It was the first stop of its kind for McCracken, a cancer survivor for four years, and Indigo Boy and Crystalline Girl is her first book. A children's book in nature, she started it three years ago and it was published in the summer of 2009.
Her book is an adventure and good morals book. It was based loosely on the characteristics and abilities of Indigo and Crystalline children, which have been documented in movies, books and on numerous websites. The girl spends her day in a wheelchair but has special abilities that help her escape from her chair. She and her mother move in next door to Indigo Boy and they realize they can communicate with each other on a web that does not involve a computer. They become best friends, helping each other and other students or friends who need help.
"It's what I wanted to do at the time," said McCracken. "I'm working on a second one."
It was just one example of the works the authors featured on this special day.