The Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair is just weeks away, and I'd like to take a few posts to explain how The Book 'Em Foundation came to be, how we established the annual Book 'Em North Carolina event, and what authors and visitors can expect on Saturday, February 28, 2015 when we hold our fourth BENC event, which is a multi-award-winning event.
Although I began writing in 1967 (and yes, that makes me feel REALLY
old), my first book wasn't published until 1984, and my first
suspense/thriller in 2002. I wrote (and still do) because I love
writing, and I honestly can't think of a better way to spend my time.
When my first suspense, Kickback, was released in 2002, I
traveled the Commonwealth of Virginia, signing books and providing
proceeds to Virginia Crime Stoppers Association's local members,
including the Chesterfield County/ Colonial Heights Crime Solvers, where
I was honored to serve as their first female president.
MEET MARK KEARNEY
As we pondered how we were to accomplish this, I realized that I, a lone
author, was giving to Crime Stoppers and Crime Solvers organizations
through the sale of my books. What if, I mused, I was able to pull
together a half dozen authors to help me raise money for increasing
literacy and reducing crime?
We put the word out and in a short period of time, we had not six
authors but more than 75! We realized that this event was going to be
larger than we'd ever imagined so we formed the non-profit (Virginia)
Corporation, The Book 'Em Foundation.
THE BIRTH OF BOOK 'EM
Our first event was held in Waynesboro, Virginia and was so successful
that we continued to hold the event annually. In addition to Waynesboro,
they were also held in Lebanon, New Hampshire and Charleston, South
When I moved from Virginia to Lumberton, North Carolina in 2004, I knew I
wanted to establish an annual event here. It would be called Book 'Em
North Carolina and would be not only a book fair in which books were
sold to raise money for literacy and anti-crime efforts, but it would
also include an annual writers' conference.
Tune in on Friday, January 16 to find out what was involved in getting the Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair started.