So the last few weeks have been relatively busy. In between teaching classes at the local community college and teaching my own girls at home, I finished the sequel to Scar of the Downers and submitted to my publisher.
I’ve also been busy marketing. On October 21, I went to a local school and spoke to the middle school and high school students. This event was so successful due to the very positive promotion and detailed planning of it by the librarian, who also happens to be a friend of mine. I spoke to the students for about 10-15 minutes, read a portion of my book, and then fielded questions. The most surprising aspect of the day was the questions. The students asked a lot of great questions. I was impressed, as well as pleased (I love answering questions). They were engaged and truly excited. I had a great time.
Then, on October 30, I attended a Halloween festival on the local military base at the clinic where my wife works. Her boss (who was also planning the event) had an idea for me to do readings of Scar of the Downers while the children were trick-or-treating and going through a "Haunted Clinic." There was a rather good turnout for the night, and my kids got a lot of candy. Overall, both events were rather successful.
Tonight, (November 5th), I will be at the Carthage Free Library from 6-8 pm for a public reading and book signing. They are hosting a young adult fantasy night, and I am honored to be invited (I will post pictures later).
Here is the write-up that appeared in the local newspaper, the Carthage Republican Tribune, last week:
Finally, on November 15th, I will be attending a book signing from 4-7 pm with many other local authors at the Salmon Run Mall, which will be hosting an Evening of Giving. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.
I've had so many great opportunities and I am thankful for all of the support and encouragement of the people in our lives. No man is an island, we all need others to help us on the journey.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.