Meeting People During My Book Selling Travels
Another person that impacted my writing life is Donna Binion. Donna and her husband J. W. are reenactors who personify
At one event I met a man who makes beautiful flag ornaments for the wall in frames with labels and medals. We talked about the hospital flag. This flag is in my Avery books but I’d never seen one. Now I have one, a little one. It is nicely crafted and finished; I treasure it. He sent it to me in the mail as a gift weeks later. His name is Walt Gaylar. He owns Timeless Colors in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thank you, Mr. Gaylar. It looks great on my table.
These are just a few of the nice people I’ve met. Other authors, food vendors, museum curators and hostesses, reenactors, book store owners, and the residents of the many small towns I’ve visited and whose businesses and services have provided for me during my trips make them memorable. The farthest west I’ve been has been Arlington, Denton and Dallas, Texas. The farthest south is Olustee, Florida. The farthest north has been Maine and Madison, Connecticutt, the farthest east. I’ve been all over Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas, with stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri and New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana. And this is what I’ve learned. Americans are friendly, open, hospitable, and very, very interesting. They are truly the best part of writing and Selling Books.