The Lily Cafe is dedicated to supporting self-published and indie authors and, really, any author. Over the past few months, while I’ve enjoyed doing book reviews and posting guest posts and novel excerpts, I’ve been racking my brain for what else I could do. Since I started blogging again in 2018, I’ve been taking the cafe theme I’ve found myself with, thanks to the blog name I’ve had since 2010, and running as far as I can with it. Over time, it’s become something of a bookish cafe. It asked me a question late last year: if this really were a cafe with books, what would you be doing that you aren’t already doing?
Oh, this puzzled me for quite a while! And then a beautiful memory ebbed back into my consciousness. I remembered the first time I ever encountered an author. My husband and I went to a little bookstore where Katherine Neville was doing a reading and signing. She was so incredibly lovely and I adored hearing the story literally from her voice.
An idea brewed in my head, one that made me a little nervous, very excited, and a little nauseous if I’m being honest. How could I have missed it? Of course, it required a bit of research before I could go through with it, but, when it proved to be absolutely, completely, entirely possible, I took a deep breath and emailed back a lovely author/blogger friend.
Today, I’m very pleased, and perhaps overly excited, to introduce a new sort of event here at The Lily Cafe: