Local author schedules signing for first book
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 1:19 pm
By: Sara Reid
The Press 6.3.10 Local author Laurean Brooks’ imagination has been working overtime as of late.
Having churned out an ebook and a short story that secured a place in an anthology, Brooks is gearing up for another book signing this Saturday and admits to being full of even more ideas.
This past February, Brooks turned out “Jonquils in the Snow,” with the intention to bring hope to those who have lost a spouse to death or desertion.
“The story is about two people who have suffered grief — one who was practically jilted at the altar and the other who lost a spouse in a tragic accident. Sometimes we make snap judgments about people we don’t even know. We may sit in a restaurant, watch them and think we’ve got them all figured out,” Brooks explained.
Beginning the book at the end of January, Brooks finished on Feb. 1 and the book was published on smashwords.com. It can be purchased for $2.99 online and Brooks hopes to have paper copies available soon.
“I hope it brings healing to those who read it. My purpose in writing it was to urge folks to give others a chance. Don’t form opinions before you get to know the person.
And even after you know them, if they act in a way you don’t approve, ask yourself, ‘What would I be like if I’d been subjected to their circumstances?’ In other words, ‘Walk a mile in my shoes,’” Brooks said.
Brooks’ short story, “Over the Coals,” came about from a Yahoo loop group.
Rebecca Vickery, a writer in the group, expressed interest in having Brooks write a story for an anthology she planned on putting together. Besides Brooks and Vickery, three other writers contributed stories to the work.
“I prayed on it to decide if I wanted to be a part of the project and I had a dream. In the dream, I handed the book to Jesus and he took it and blessed it.
The cover was yellow and green. I emailed Rebecca about the dream and she said, ‘You won’t believe this, but the cover is yellow and green,’” Brooks related.
“Over the Coals” involves Jill Landers who, at first glance, pegs the gregarious man at the grill as an egotistical Romeo.
A closer look reveals something else, however. Why does Rob Canter’s personality shift between two polar opposites? Jill determines to find out.
“A Summer Collection Anthology” can be purchased at Amazon, BookLocker, CreateSpace or Smashwords.
Brooks’ first book signing will take place this Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kappis Restaurant in South Fulton.
She will also sign from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 11 at Happy House in Mayfield.
Until then, the author of “Journey to Forgiveness” will be exercising her muse in other short stories and doesn’t show signs of letting up anytime soon.