Some new authors will be taking time with their fans this weekend. Teen and preteen authors Sandee Westmoreland and Dawn Corbett will be hosting a meet the author and book signing Saturday at the Denison Public Library.
The free book signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all age groups are welcome to attend.
“Tweens!: Preteens of Epic Proportions” was written by Corbett and is a paranormal drama about a softball-sized skyglitter named Shay that has formed in the city of SkyDale. Shay has claimed SkyDale Intermediate School as her own. Now a teacher and four students have to work to protect their school.
“Followed Paths” was written by Westmoreland and is a coming-of-age novel set in 1979 Fort Worth. The story is centered around the lives of five teenagers and the events that lead them to be friends. The teens are unlikely friends and lead different lives.
“In life you either follow a path or forge your own,” Westmoreland said. “This book is for young adults with emphasis on adults. I am a middle school librarian, and I would give this to eighth graders not anyone younger.”
This is the first book that Westmoreland and Corbett have written and published.
“I began writing this book 25 years ago, and I had 33 of 38 chapters finished when I put it away in a drawer and forgot about it,” Westmoreland said. “My friend Dawn said that I should write because I am a storyteller, so six weeks later, this book was finished.”
Westmoreland said the hardest part about working on this book was rewriting the part she began many years ago.
“It was faded,” she said. “By this point, I just wanted the book published. I decided to self-publish the novel, but I am still shopping around for a book agent and a publisher.”
Westmoreland said she is happy that she finally completed this bucket list item.
“I think anyone that has something that they have put aside for 25 years should just do it,” she said. “Dust it off and do it.”
Westmoreland’s book deals with teenagers because when she began writing it, she was dealing with teenagers every day.
“I was a high school teacher,” she said. “I taught English, drama, debate and journalism. That is why I wrote about young people that were in the same age group.”
Westmoreland said she set the story in the late ’70s because she wanted to make sure that social media and the technology of today were not a factor.
“This book is well written with a lot of twists, turns, and action,” she said. “It’s all about children learning to forge their own paths and take guidance provided by parents and grandparents. There are even points for readers to decide if they believe the characters or not.”
Westmoreland said she fell in love with Denison library after the recent summer reading celebration.
“My daughter lives in Bells,” she said. “We took the grandchildren to the celebration and they had a great time with the bounce houses and stations. I was talking with them about my book and I just knew that I wanted to have a signing there.”