Fall 2017 Author Events

The cities of South Hampton Roads have a vibrant Indie Author community which is supported by local businesses, libraries, and radio stations. This Fall is off to a great start. I recently had the privilege of  participating in the Writer’s Block program on WHRV 89.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate. The program featured ten local writers reading everything from short stories to vignettes from books in progress. The audience was warm and welcoming and the auditorium of the Virginia Beach Central Library. The show was recorded live for later broadcast. I read one of my musings on cancer survival entitled Pizza Night: Milestones on Recovery Road. They even let me plug Gypsy Spy in my intro. Stay tuned for broadcast dates.

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I will be back out at my favorite book store, the Book Exchange Virginia Beach, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 for another round of book signings. I will be there from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you are in the area, stop on by. This place gives readers the best bang for their buck. Even Amazon can’t compete! Sam the store manager did a great graphic to advertise the event on their Facebook page.

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The following week, on October 14th, I will be participating in the annual Virginia Beach Indie Author Day. The event is being held at the Joint-Use Library of the Virginia Beach TCC Campus. Over twenty local authors will be there with their books. The event features presentations from well-known and successful independent authors, breakout sessions for readers and writers, and book reading every half hour. This event gets better every year.

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My next event after that will be at the Virginia Beach Central Library to participate in their Meet the Authors program. I will be one of a panel of five discussing our writing process, doing book readings, having a Q&A with the audience, and doing book signings. The program takes place on November 2, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are curious about writing and publishing, this event is for you.

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These events are great for readers and writers alike. If you have independently published works, getting out and connecting with readers and fellow authors is very rewarding. Indie authors are very supportive of one another and generous with their knowledge. Get out there and get involved!

The Writer’s Passion

Indie Author Day in Virginia Beach was the first of its kind for me. I’ve done book signings before, but not as one of many authors presenting their works to the curious and buying public. I realized early in the day that we all shared the same malady: a passion for our story. Ask a writer about anything but their work and you will get a response from a regular human being. They’ll maintain eye contact, give length-appropriate answers, and ask questions in turn.

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But ask them about the story between the book covers, and you will come face to face with the madness. Eyes glaze over with a faraway look as they tell you about a fictional world (or a real-world issue) that drove them to put words on paper. Your question becomes the sound that looses the avalanche of story, theme, character, rhyme, and reason that far exceeds the bounds of conversation; which is why we write books. The story must be told. And once written, we need it to be read. Putting words on paper is a real invitation for others to walk into our minds and cohabit with our thoughts for a time. Call it crazy courage or vulnerability birthed from vanity. Or simply call it passion, for without it the work would never be done.

Everyone dreams, though not all remember them. Everyone thinks, though not all care to share. Everyone has a story. Few write it down. Miss Shirley’s fingers were bent with age, but soft with care. They were warm. But to be fair, she said my hands were cold (which they were). She looked up at me intently and informed me that she wrote jingles. She was curious how she might publish them. What type of jingles, I asked. Her light blue eyes glazed over as she reached into her purse and pulled out her small spiral notebook. Jingles, like this one, she said. She was a poet; a poet of the greeting card variety, precious and dear. And she had the malady. After handing me the notebook, she took it back and turned the page. Here, ready this one. It’s about my dog Yoda. I love the writer’s passion!

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My Wonderful Wife! She made it a success, selling more books in a couple of hours than I have all month!

Recent Reader Reviews

I ordered a batch of books for the Indie Author Day happening on October 8th at the Virginia Beach Central Library and am very grateful that they arrived in time! With only a two week notice of the event, I wasn’t sure I would have books to sign. But CreateSpace delivered. For those planning to independently publish their work, I highly recommend CreateSpace. I am very pleased with their services and project execution. Join me at the Virginia Beach Central Library on Saturday, October 8th to see the final product for yourself and get your copy signed!

Following are some recent reader reviews. The story entertains! This writer is happy.

“What a great book! I was totally captivated by the third page. It was very hard to put down, full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. I can usually kind of figure out how a book is going to end. But I was completely in the dark right to the end of this one. Yet it ended in me being blessed and happy with the outcome. What a great story of twists and turns and insight into the Gypsy culture that I never knew existed. Well worth the time spent reading and it left me wanting more. A great read!”

“This book is amazing. I was captivated at only a few pages in. Every time I was sure that I knew what would happen next, I would turn the page and be wrong. So many surprises and such a wonderful read. I laughed and I cried. Even the end was a surprise. Nikolas Larum, please write more!”

“This is a great book! Non stop action and very well written!
I’m looking forward to Nick’s next book!”

“Action! Suspense! Intrigue!!! Adventure!!! Mystery!!! A story that draws you in and keeps you wanting more!! Can’t wait for the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tom Clancy and John Grisham, make way for this great story teller!!”

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