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Lovegrove Galleries hosts Indie Authors Day

October 25, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Leoma Lovegrove opened her Matlacha gallery to host the second annual Indie Authors Day last Saturday, Oct. 14. Nine authors were scheduled to attend.

"Indie Author Day is a one-day, all-out occasion for local authors, libraries and publishing industry experts to celebrate, educate and collaborate," Lovegrove said. "Art galleries usually don't celebrate authors but when I realized the library wasn't going to hold the event last year, I thought 'Why not?'"

The meet and greet showcased authors who have self-published, or Indie-published, their books. This year's authors included Karen T. Bartlett, Carol Ervin, Betty Freberg, Tom Hall, Michael J. Silberg, Scott P. Smith, Fran Thomas, Robin Tuthill, Jim Usavage and Rick Weber. Book illustrators Lovegrove and Jennifer Smith also attended.

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Author Scott P. Smith and Illustrator Jennifer Smith.


Weber is the author of "Pink Lips and Fingertips."

"This book is a story about radical faith," Weber said. "It's the true story of Jeri Ivison Paholek, who was born with a rare heart defect called common ventricle and not expected to live. When Jeri finds out how serious her condition was, instead of doing a bucket list she did things for others - this is her story about how she changed the world with one kind act at a time."

Smith and his wife Jennifer teamed up to create Happy Dolphin Press to publish Scott's children's books. Scott's series consists of three books. The first in the series is "Jack's Backyard," a story about a boy named Jack and a scurry of squirrels playing baseball in his backyard. The book is a fun story of amazing discoveries. The second book, "Who, me? A delightfully spooky story!," is about a young girl named Sarah Lee. Inspired by the rhyming verse of the classics like Dr. Seuss, this is an adventure of a precocious little girl who takes fears in the dark "head on." The third book, "A Whale of a Tale," is about Langford the Lobster as he gets drawn into a debate with an array of bright and colorful creatures.

"What inspired me to write a children's book is first, I'm a grandfather now," Smith said. "Also, as a kid I was greatly influenced by Dr. Seuss. All of my books are 'rhymers.' My goal is to take the educational aspect and combine it with the creativity so the kids will want to enjoy reading again instead of playing video games. My books aren't socially topical, everything is about fun and education."

"As part of the Indie Author Day similar gatherings are held throughout the country," Lovegrove said.

"Indie Author Day is a one-day, all-out occasion for local authors. Most of the other hosts are libraries, but why shouldn't an art gallery sponsor an event that showcases the incredible talent that we have right here in Southwest Florida," she said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet independent writers, hear about their inspirations, and get an unparalleled glimpse into the indie publishing business.



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