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.