WAYNE THOMAS BATSON is the author of numerous best-selling novels, including: Isle of Swords, Isle of Fire, The Door Within Trilogy, and The Dark Sea Annals. His books have earned awards and nominations including Silver Moonbeam, Mom's Choice(r) Silver, Cybil, Lamplighter, The Clive Staples, and American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year. A middle school reading teacher in Maryland for more than nineteen years, Wayne tailors his stories to meet the needs of young people. When last seen, Wayne was tromping around the Westfarthing with his beautiful wife and four adventurous children. For more info on Wayne, go to enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com
CHRISTOPHER HOPPER, whose other books include Rise of the Dibor, The Lion Vrie, and Athera's Dawn, has gathered awards and nominations including Silver Moonbeam, Lamplighter, The Clive Staples, and The Pluto. He is also a multi-album recording artist, pastor, visual designer, and restaurateur. His prolific writings in both book and blog form have captured the imaginations of loyal readers around the world. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children in the 1000 Islands of northern New York. To find out more about Christopher, go to christopherhopper.com.
This is fast becoming a holiday tradition for us. I missed last year's book signing event due to illness but I was determined not to miss it this year.
It was a small group (there were about 6 others that weren't able to make it), but it was easier for my son to ask as many questions as he wanted. It's not every day that you get to sit down to eat with an author and pick their brain! I wasn't sure how long little miss would be attentive since it was nap time. However, she managed to do quite well through the course of the lunch.
It was great to see my somewhat shy son animated and engaging in conversation about what he liked and didn't like about the last book in the series. The conversation also led to some fun discussion about Tolkien and the latest movie "The Hobbit".
After lunch, we walked over to the bookstore for a casual reading and Q & A session. One of Wayne's former middle school students was there. It was neat to see the impact that he had on this student (now a young adult) and her excitement to read her first book by her former teacher.
Here's a brief clip of The Sword in the Stars (Book 1 of The Dark Sea Annals):
My son was able to check out the sword that Wayne always brings with him to readings. The two of them even sparred a little. Although it wasn't a fair match, since my teenager had an actual sword and Wayne only had the plastic one on display. I think there was even some shin kicking in there somewhere...
This Christmas present was definitely a hit (I think I scored some mom points too which is no small feat at times) thanks to His Way Bookstore. And thank you Mr. Batson for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with your fans, encouraging them to read, and inspiring them. This mom truly appreciates the impact you have made on my son.
If you have tweens or teens who love epic fantasy fiction, you'll want to check out Wayne Batson's blog to find out more about his books.
You can also connect with the author:
Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. I am writing this to share with my readers and support a local author. Any opinions expressed are my own.