My very favorite gift to receive for Christmas was always a book. I was an avid reader, sometimes putting away a book a day. I frustrated my mother when our weekly trip to the library required a box to tote my choices home. As a general rule, I was allowed to read whatever I chose, but she did make me take Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales back unread. I guess she felt it was too worldly and graphic for my grade school sensibilities.
Fast forward many years. It was only natural that I would graduate from reading books to writing them. My first completed novel is gathering dust, never submitted for publication. It was a well-written romance novel, whose sole purpose for existing was to convince me that I could write a book from beginning to end. As a writing exercise, it was perfect. It accomplished the task, but it will never see the light of day. Romance novels are not my genre of choice, for reading or for writing.
This Saturday, I will be signing my books for those wanting to give a gift of reading to someone on their Christmas list. I'll be at Kosicek’s Vineyards from 1 to 5, along with fellow authors Margie DeLong and Tim McCarthy. There will be something for everyone, book-wise. If you don’t like to read, the wine is highly palatable! So take a little drive out to wine country and enjoy the offerings!