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Autumn’s Voice

“You know what? Writers don’t compete with each other,” Kimberly Schumacher said, raising her eyebrows at me.

I had just confessed a twinge of jealousy about an author invited for a book signing at a local book store. Anne Lamott, author of one of my favorite books on writing, Bird by Bird, assures me a boatload of jealousy is normal.  I just have a bit, not a boatload.

“That’s because each of our stories is unique,” she went on.

So true. People have different reading appetites.  I suppose it’s like expecting someone to like triple fudge brownies, even if she’s are allergic to chocolate.  Lemon squares might be a better match, with all that citrus-sweet tang that wakes up every tastebud in the mouth. Now I’m hungry.

Kimberley writes uplifting novels based on her personal history.  She also works hard to support her fellow authors by giving them opportunities to showcase their work.  And she has a day job at Disk.com, helping Indie authors publish their books.

Here’s some of the people who will be at her latest author showcase, “Autumn’s Living Voice” on 10/05/17, 7-9 p.m. at McHenry County College.

I already know Alicia Birong, who’s mission it is to empower girls. And, I know, Shakuntala Rajoagopal, who writes poetically about her homeland, India.  I’m looking forward to meeting some of the other authors.

To learn more about the event and to find out how Alicia and Kimberley are partnering to raise money for “Girls on the Run,” click here.

These authors helped sponsor the event.  I’m proud to be among them, and I hope to see some of my readers there.

Here’s a couple links to the authors I know and can attest to the clarity and beauty of their writing. Kimberley’s right when she says, “Authors really don’t compete with each other, so why not help each other.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t find Shakutala’s books on Amazon, so click here to get to her website. You can sample some of her beautiful poetry, see some of her art, and purchase her book.

Maybe I’ll see you there.  I hope so.  If you know any of these authors, please leave a comment and help spread the word.

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