As I flew over Arkansas, approaching my destination, I couldn’t help but notice how the city was surrounded by open fields, winding rivers and greenery…trees, parks, and nature were everywhere. The Arkansas River runs between Little Rock & North Little Rock; twin cities that together are about the size of Burlington, VT. In fact, there were definitely aspects of the city that reminded me of the Queen City. I was greeted in the airport by a sweet woman, holding a sign with my name on it. Her kindness and charm were delightful, and upon talking a few moments I found out that all the authors were picked up and dropped off by volunteers.; local folks, who like literacy and thought picking up a writer might be a fun time.
My literary duties began an hour after landing, with a meet & greet, dinner & drink thing, in which the public could come and meet authors. This was my first time as such an event, in which no-one really knew each other and we all had to interact by reading name tags. However, as you all know, I am quite social and did not lack abilities on the introduction level. The interesting part came when I told people what my book was about. Here is where I was reminded that I was not in my liberal, cozy corner of the universe. Most people were interested, but there was about a third of the people who responded by stepping back a step or two. Curiously enough, 1/2 of those who stepped back, thought of Mediums as bullshit, the other half that stepped back were doing so for religious reasons.
My response to their back-step depended on the reason they were doing so (the benefits of being Psychic). For those that thought of Mediums as hokie (this group was primarily other writers)…I made sure to let them know that I had a book contract before I had a book written. My way of saying…”Hey, I am the real deal”. The second group, those with religious leanings on the conservative level (mostly local), I made sure to tell them of my family background; being Irish Gypsy & Blackfoot Indian. With this information, the local conservatives visibly opened to the discussion.
Happily caffeinated Salicrow