And one place I landed, I’ve never landed before. I can no longer say I’ve never been to jail. And now that I got your attention, and maybe even made you smile, let me tell you the real story.
You see, I went to speak to a group of women in the SAP program, Substance Abuse Program, in Etowah County Detention center. Do you know that noise of the door clanking shut that you hear on some prison shows? It’s just like that. And it echoes in that place, reminding you that you are locked up. I got chills each and every time it sounded.
These women are in for six months to a year, and are completely cut off from all family and friends. No phone calls. No visits. They are there to work on getting their lives back on track and hopefully finding a new path for their lives. The Gadsden Library works with these women, offering them books and talking about literature. And for the women with young children, they have even done videotapes of some of them reading bedtime stories and then the tapes are sent to their children.
Being there, talking about writing, about facing hurdles, and laughing—yes, we did a lot of laughing—was a reminder of how easy it is for someone to go down a wrong path.
While I was in Gadsden, I also had a Bleed and Read event. Wow, that was fun. Got to visit with some serious fans. I went to three schools—even my old high school. What a delight.
I wasn’t home but for a few days, and then I packed and left again. This time, I landed in New Hampshire to speak at Another Anime Con. Wow, talk about colorful. And I mean the people and the leaves. The leaves were gorgeous, and boy oh boy, did I meet some really neat and entertaining characters.
I was just crazy enough to fit in.
Anyway, I’m home for now and back to writing. Don’t forget I have releases coming up. I hope you’ve pre-ordered Eternal, the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. I’m hosting quite a few contests over at my C.C. Hunter blog for readers. So if you are a reader, make sure you pop over there. http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/
Oh, Divorced, Desperate and Dead will also be up for preorder soon.