Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Young Man at a Book Signing

This past Saturday, I had a book signing for my novel, The River Hideaway. It was a very good day. There were so many highlights in that first hectic two hours, that if I list them I will surely leave people out.

I signed many copies & in some cases below my name, I also signed them as, 'Coach.' Parents, and in one case a sister, bought my book for a Christmas present for men who I once coached in basketball, when they were boys, aged ten to twelve. One of my favorite players, Stephen Wolff, came in with his girl friend. He shared stories with my wife about what he recalls playing ball for me.

There was a lady that my family holds dear in our hearts, for all the love & care she gave to my mom in those last years consumed with dementia. Tiffany, you are an angel and you hold our families deepest thanks always.

My PR angels, Sharon & Wylene, for continually pushing this little story to everyone you can reach. Robbie, for showing up once again & taking pictures of the event as only you can.

My old friend, Gary Barbee, who came from Pinehurst. Thanks for providing the comedic relief. 

A teacher came that taught me typing in the ninth grade. The ninth grade was the first year I was bused to another school to achieve real integration. Several of my classmates of that time came by Saturday.

More times than not the books were purchased by people for Christmas presents. How do I value that? To be a part of Christmas in homes across the region.

I saw people I had not seen in nearly forty years. But there was one sale that day that resonates the deepest. A young man approached  the table & asked me very directly, "Why did you write this book?"

I shared with him my inspirations.

He nodded and said, "I will buy one."

As I was preparing to sign it for him he offered, "I was in the parking lot & I heard two people talking about your book and I just felt like the Lord wanted me to come in here and see you."

He was looking at me eye to eye as he said this. I got goosebumps or as some of us refer to them, God-bumps. We talked a little while longer and I told him that the book has a spiritual theme in it & that it begins with an elderly man having a vision from God.

I thanked him for the encouragement he offered to a no name author, with a small press, struggling to get the word out for this story. I know God is with Julie and I, wherever this goes. But at times I also doubt, worry, & struggle with the things I can't control.

Maybe that is why God reminded me what he could do with one person.


Billie Johnson said...

Billy, thanks for sharing ...this is a touching piece!


Helen Macie Osterman said...

I agree, this is inspirational. As authors, I think we are all inspired in some way to write what we feel.I start my day reading The Daily Word and go from there.

Amy Bennett said...

Wow, that is awesome! It's always so touching and humbling to have people take the time to talk to an author about their books and purchase one! It never fails to amaze me that authors have this rapport with people that is rarely revealed and understood even less by others. Thanks for sharing, Billy!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

What a great day for you and for the young man, Billy. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Wonderful! Reading this made my heart swell. Thanks for sharing.

John Addiego said...

Billy, you've clearly touched a lot of people in your life, and your signing event, particularly this experience with the young man, reflects the way blessings may come in ways we don't expect.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

What an amazing experience you had at your book signing. Congratulations on such a successful day, filled with wonderful people.

Holli Castillo said...

Goosebump moment.

Thonie Hevron said...

This is a moving post, Billy. It makes me want to buy your book--so I will!

Nicola said...

Congratulations, Billy. Appreciate your sharing.


Billy Beasley said...

Many thanks to each of you for your kind words. Wow.