Author signing

Following a canceled event last year, the Coffee County Manchester Public Library’s author signing will return Saturday with 19 scheduled authors.

This will be the first year Youth Services Coordinator Courtney Mercurio has been involved in organizing the event.

“These are local to Middle Tennessee. They will be signing their books and also selling their books,” she said.

Romance author Joy Dent (Darcy Flynn), who will be attending the event, said signings are a great time to connect with readers.

“I love connecting with readers, so the best part about attending an author signing is getting to meet them in person. Book signings are especially fun. I love that these women came, that they showed up,” she said.

“I love answering their questions, whether it’s about a specific book or my writing process. It never gets old,” she said.

To meet a fan is a chance to delve into a reader’s perspective – to see your work through their eyes.

“There’s nothing quite like the energy and inspiration I get from my readers,” Flynn said. “When someone tells me how much they loved one of my stories, well, that means the world to me. It’s a joy to revisit with my regular readers and have the opportunity to create new relationships.”

Flynn will be promoting her forthcoming book, “Stowaway,” during the event.

Other local authors include:

  • KB Ballentine, poet and creative writer from Chattanooga   
  • Anthony Daniel, adventure novelist originally from West Tennessee
  • Joy Dent (Darcy Flynn), sweet romance writer from Franklin
  • Emily Diem, mystery writer from New York via Alabama
  • Barbara Ebel MD, medical fiction writer
  • Jeanne Hardt historical fiction writer from Nashville
  • Emma Leigh Reed, romantic suspense writer originally from New Hampshire
  • Kim Law, lighthearted romance writer from Middle Tennessee 
  • J.L. Lawrence, fantasy writer from Nashville area
  • M.J. Miller, theology writer from Middle Tennessee             
  • Michele Pendleton, novelist from Huntsville
  • H.L.(Hubert) Robertson, Theology writer from south central Tennessee
  • Sheila Robertson, children story author from Tullahoma
  • R.D. Sherrill, adventure writer from McMinnville
  • Troy Smith, Westerns writer from the Upper Cumberland Region 
  • Kristin Tubb, youth book author from Middle Tennessee
  • Ken Vanderpool, crime writer from Murfreesboro 
  • Brenda Vantrease, historical fiction writer from Nashville
  • Janie Dempsey Watts, novelist from Chattanooga area

The author signing will kick off the library’s adult reading program. 

Mercurio said the adult program is held separately from the youth summer reading program.

“They come in check out books, read and listen to them and register to win prizes,” Mercurio said.

When patrons return their books they are given one drawing slip per book returned. 

Audio books and eBooks checked out through READS also count.

Prizes include tickets to the Huntsville Museum of Art, board games and free books.

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John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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