Forest Gump and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Last evening we dined at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, just one location of a chain of restaurants inspired by the classic movie, Forest Gump. Our waiter asked a lot of questions about the film, which I had seen at least three times. Amazing how many I couldn’t answer. The author lives only a short jaunt from here and according to our waiter still does book signings occasionally.

For our authors, book signings are a great way to get out and meet the readers and reach new ones. Tammy Mentzer Brown, Katy Oliff Ishee, Michele Doucette, Ron Cunningham and myself have done a number of signings this year.

I am enjoying the time of relaxation, and I’m glad that tropical storm Beryl has moved north instead of raining on our parade. Forest Gump and Captain Dan didn’t do well shrimping until the storm destroyed their competition. But I wish no bad luck on any authors with any publisher. There are plenty of readers to go around. But anyone who has an idea or a manuscript to publish, I’d feel honored to hear from him or her. And maybe I’ll meet the next great writer in North Carolina at my next signing!

North Carlina book signing in July

While we were on the way down yesterday, I couldn’t hear my cell ringing and had to take off my headphones. It was Ron Cunningham, my co-author on the true crime books which have sold so well, especially Conspiracy in the Town that Time Forgot. He told me that we have a book signing at the Historical Society in Franklin, North Carloina (which happens to be my boyhood hometown), on July 21st at the Folk Festival.

Franklin was also the hometown of Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain. Another great book based on historical events. I’m looking forward to the booksigning, but for now, I”ll enjoy the charm of the Miracle Mile and the breeze off the Gulf.

Arrived at the beach house

When we got in our daughter’s van to leave this morning, one of the first things that I realized is how much everything has changed, even in the last 20 years. Besides the flip down dvd player complete with remote and 4 sets of headphones and the gps attached in the van, there were at least 10 more electronic devices on board for our 8 hour drive: 4 cell phones, 2 of which were smart phoones, another gps, 2 Kindles, an ipod, a ds, and a laptop. When my kids were small we played games with them on the road. Now the grandkids have things that my generation never dreamed of as children. But the trip was great, we watched movies and now we are ready to spend some quality time and be grateful.

Memorial Day travel

According to ABC News, almost 35 million Americans, like myself, are expected to hit the road this weekend on one of the busiest holidays of the year, and another 2.5 million are expected to fly.

A holiday is a time when our thoughts turn to getting away and relaxing, but few actually relax due to the hustle and bustle of travel. It would do us all good this Memorial Day to remember what the day is to commemorate. Our soldiers who have fought and died to keep us free. My heart and prayers are with our soldiers who are still in harms way on foreign soil so far away from home, and their families back here who are missing them and concerned for their safety.

God bless America, and God bless our servicemen and women.