I did a book signing at the delightful Deep Vellum Bookstore in Dallas this week. That was an actual trip. While I was doing that, I was also traveling all over the state on the virtual #LoneStarLit tour. Ten professional bloggers covered my book in all: Some interviewed me, some printed excerpts from Anahuac and four provided professional reviews of my book. You can see those reviews in their entirety at Missus Gonzo‘s and the Forgotten Winds blogs, as well as Kristine Hall‘s and Ruthie Jones’ websites.
I am appreciative of the in-depth, honest and very positive reviews these critics gave the book. It is an amazing feeling to read a review of your work in such depth. I can truthfully say these reviewers got what I was trying to say. I didn’t start out to write a book that was heavily influenced by the plight of women in the work force in the early 1970s. The more I wrote, the more they edged their way into the book. I suppose that its about time someone highlighted the barriers that women faced in the work force in the 1970s. Those of you who have read the book know this is not a book about sexual harassment. While that harassment was present in spades in those times, this book examines the difficulties women faced in just getting a chance to compete. Those difficulties are told in the individual stories of Sarita Jo, Cooper, Aurora and Chinky. The first step in gaining a semblance of equality was overcoming the idea that women didn’t have a real place in management and the professions. While the four strong women in Anahuac are a major part of the story, I don’t want the men in the book to get short changed. Jim, Reverend Clay, Maurice Marrow, Wells Wilson, Little Harry and Sheriff Staunton all have their part in telling the story that has no easy answers. The blog tour was a blast. Next weekend the Chambers County Library System will hold an Author’s Event in Anahuac at the library on Saturday January 20th from 10-12. After the forecast of early week cold and snow, a weekend trip to see the world of Anahuac might be fun. Hope to see you there.
P.S. Sheriff Staunton says, “Drive slow now, you hear?”