Local Authors Rock! Meet Some Fellow Arizona Authors

Discover Local AuthorsLocal Authors Rock! Meet some fellow Arizona authors. As writers, we share many things in common, especially the passion for our story, a belief in the message, and the desire to connect with a lot of readers. Passion is key. Anyone who becomes a writer to become rich and famous needs to choose another avenue to wealth. Sure, many writers can and do earn a substantial living – but they are in the minority, rarely start out that way, often have multiple income streams, and generally publish multiple books to get there. Oh – and they have to write a really good book. Because I know so many authors, my life is richer. They inspire me to do better, keep writing, and remind me I am capable of more than I think. Hang out with passionate folks? You bet.

Continue reading

I Love Meeting Authors and Readers

Katrina Shawver speaks to a book clubAs a reader I love meeting authors, and as an author I love meeting readers. I learned many years ago that if you reach out to authors, sometimes they write back. I once received a hand-written note back. The clue is if they have posted their email or have a contact form on their website. Go ahead. Reach out to an author whose book you liked. The worst that could happen is they don’t respond. You might build a new connection or friendship. Remember, behind every book there is a real person who wants to tell a story…to you, the reader. Here are a few authors I have met. Continue reading

Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Happy New Year 2018! Symbolically, a new year is a new beginning, 365 days to seize a new opportunity to learn, to grow, to experience, to laugh, to apologize, to look forward, and to leave regret behind. I’m reminded of a sign my niece gave me several years ago: “If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” For most of us, that is far easier said than done. 2017 is the closest I’ve come so far. Continue reading

A Successful Book Launch and Presentation for HENRY

Katrina spekas to the crowd at the book launch of HENRY: A Polish Swimer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

Last week I held a successful Book Launch and Presentation of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America for a standing room only crowd of 85 people. Fifteen years in the making, I can finally say that while I outlived Henry Zguda, with the publication of this book, now his story will outlive me. It’s more important than ever to keep teaching against the lessons of hate and prejudice by remembering and honoring the very real victims and survivors.

Continue reading