Monday, April 30, 2018

Southern Kentucky Book Festival Part II

So it's been a week since I attended and participated in the Southern Kentucky Book Festival, and the glamour is slowly fading as I get back into the swing of scooping cat boxes, cleaning bathrooms, and washing dishes. But the one thing that doesn't fade are the new friendships and great books I discover each year.

One of the first authors I met, Bridgid Kemmerer, happened to be riding the hotel elevator at the same time as me. Bridgid is a YA author with a new book out called More Than We Can Tell which is the tale of two people with past secrets that threaten to crush them. I don't usually read YA because of time constraints, but if I did, I would definitely add this book to my list of to reads.

The next new friend I made happened to be Robin Newman whom I knew from FB but not in person. When I arrived in the lobby hotel, she stood chatting with my friends Debbie Dadey and Tracey Barret. Robin is the author of a series about a pair of mice detectives that solve food mysteries. As you all know, I love mysteries, I love food, and I love food preparation, so it stands to reason that I would love an author who incorporates food into her books.

Detective Robin and me

My table mate, Peggy Goodman, happened to be a Bowling Green resident who wrote a book about a lady with a pie truck called Peg The Pie Lady. There were my panel mates, Holly Niner children's author, Joe Wos cartoonist and maze creator, Crystal Day  Nahsville Country singer and children's author, and Amy Parker Christian children's author.

Me and Peggy Goodman 

Panel Session with Crystal Day, Amy Parker, Me, Holly Niner,
 Robin Newman, and Joeseph Wos
Me and Joe

Cat Jordan, Holly Niner, Robin Newman
I also met YA authors Jacob Devlin, Sharon Cameron, and Cat Jordan. Cat flew in all the way from California and I'm so very glad she did. On the last day of the book fest we had a good chat about all things literary and how fellow authors and illustrators for the most part are extremely nice and quite supportive of each other. There were many others as well, so be sure to browse the Southern Kentucky Book Festival Author Line Up Page and check them all out!

Jacob Devlin, Me, and Sharon Cameron
Me and Cat Jordan

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. Aileen! It was SO nice to meet you! You forgot to mention the delicious banana-blueberry bread (so moist and flavorful!!) and chocolate cookie you sent with me to LA. My husband wanted more! So you gotta get working on that cookbook. xoxo

  2. Aileen, I loved both of your posts on SOKY! In a nutshell, totally AWESOME! It was wonderful meeting you and I'm going to follow up on Cat's comment about your chocolate cookie. Absolutely one of the best cookies I've ever had. Thank you so much for sharing them. (I agree with Cat re the cookbook.) I hope we get to partake in another conference/panel together. So much fun!! xoxo

    1. Hope to run in to both of you again sometime :0)

  3. Isn't it cool to meet people you only know from FB?1

    1. One of my favorite things. Maybe some day we'll meet. If not not, in heaven :0)