On June 27 2016 at 6:30pm I took the girls to the Burns Lake Public Library to hear a new author read from his debut book.
Mark and his wife Sheila, daughter Iris and son Simon are on a RV adventure touring BC to promote his novel ‘Goodnight Sunshine’.
When we walked in to the room He instantly said “Hey! Your the lady that held open the door for me earlier this afternoon.”
“Yes. I am” I said smiling. I had been at the library earlier to pick up Seren and he happened to be coming out as I was going in. It is something I always do. Hold open doors for people. *shrug* Habit…Seren said”did you know that he’s an author? We bumped into eachother earlier too.Haha!”
Other than my girls and I, the head Librarian and her husband were at Mark’s book reading. It was a relaxing and intimated evening. I felt like I was just hanging out with friends. The conversation was educational and personal and not strained.
Mark spoke about what inspired the book and his time in Ecuador as a volunteer at a Biological reserve. He quipped that his mid-life crisis was a trip to Ecuador,”…much cheaper than buying a sports car.” Haha! He told of the process he went through to write his book and how the book started one way and then took on a life of it’s own. This led to a personal conversation about if any of us were writers and what we write and then suggestions of great books to help writers. Mark’s son, Simon, read part of a story he was writing, before Mark read from ‘Goodnight Sunshine’.
Mark shared a couple of his blog posts which gave us an idea of things that inspired him and the he read us the boring chapter named chapters #6 and #25…the hidden joke was that his son, Simon, believes chapters should have good gripping names.(little jokes like this were intertwined in the evening. 🙂
After Mark finished his reading, he took more questions. We found out that Mark and his wife, Sheila, unschool their son and daughter. So an instant connection was made…on our side anyways. I think they would have been a great family to get to know better on a personal basis.
Milena drew a picture of Mark and gave it to him at the end. She impatiently waited until the end and he noticed that she really had something to say.
Mark ended his reading with a poem he wrote called 39 days!
I bought his book and hope to be able to sneak it into my day. Maybe even do an indepth book review on ‘Goodnight Sunshine’ of my own. If you live anywhere near his last 5 stops on Vancouver Island go meet Mark.
Thank you so much to Burns Lake Public Library for bringing in amazing and interesting authors! I can’t wait for the next one…