Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Anatomy of a Trial is officially launched. University of Missouri Press released the book last week, sent review copies to a couple dozen reviewers, news releases to a few dozen publications and news outlets, and its fall catalog featuring the book to a few thousand universities and colleges.
And today I had my first signing. Ida and Tom Spack graciously and generously offered to host an event at their place, Nona's Café, on 10th Avenue in town.
About 25 people turned out. Some were neighbors, some were local business people, some were friends from another street a little way down the block, some were members of my children's book writers critique group and some were the Spacks= acquaintances. Bob from the gym and his friend, Fran, were there. I met fellow South Milwaukeean and former Cudahy teacher Virginia Grossman, who, it turns out, goes to the same gym as Bob and my husband and I. Howie, my husband's barber and his wife, Mary, were there. And Kim Hall came with her three children, Joey, 13, Maria, 10, and Gabriella, 7.
Joey he didn't think he had enough money to buy the book, but his mom did, so he said he would read her copy. Maria brought me a copy of her book, Alexander Rishoft, which, at my request, she signed for me! If I understood correctly, Kim has enrolled Maria in a writing class at the Redbird Studio in Bay View and I must say I am impressed! If this book is any indication, this young lady is very talented and has the potential of a very promising career.
So the signing went well. I talked a little about my background and how I came to write the book, read a couple of excerpts, answered questions, then as I signed books, Ida brought out a large tray laden with fresh-baked pastries and cookies. What a treat!
Next, December 6 and the Mukwonago Community Library=s >Midnight Magic= celebration B although the signing I and several of my fellow authors will be doing is scheduled for the afternoon.
Hopefully I=ll have mastered the art of posting photographs by then.