Beginnings … and an End

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Welcome to Pens and Scalpels.  My first novel, RUPTURE, was released almost two years ago in February, 2009.  RUPTURE introduced surgeon Eli Branch and by the end of the book, he had sustained and survived a career-threatening injury.  Now he’s back in the sequel, PUBLIC ANATOMY, which will be released March 7, 2011, less than three months away.

As I gear up for another book release and the signing tour is planned, I think back to a cold February night in Nashville when RUPTURE was launched at a book signing party at Davis-Kidd Booksellers.  Well over a hundred people attended the event and the store has been supportive of me as a debut author ever since.

Book signing party at Davis-Kidd Booksellers

As some of you know, the Nashville store of Davis-Kidd is closing this month and we are grieving the loss of a friend.  I have been a faithful supporter of the store for over ten years after first moving to Nashville.  As a fledging writer, I bought numerous novels and how-to magazines and books on the writing craft.  As my shelves overflowed, I soon learned that reading about writing is not the same as writing.  Buying one more craft book doesn’t put words on the page.  Thus, the profound statement – Only Writing is Writing.

Some readers and authors bailed on Davis-Kidd when the store moved to the mall.  I stayed with them – attending author readings as though they were workshops, studying, learning – until I sat behind a stack of my own books.  So I take this opportunity to say thank you to the folks at Davis-Kidd Booksellers. May you continue in your faithful support of books and reading.

Happy Holidays to you.

And come back soon to the next edition of Pens and Scalpels.