Indie Author Linda Andrews is here to share her thoughts on
I learned to love books from my parents. I don't think this is a unique experience, but the thing I remember most about growing up on the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ is our biweekly trips to the library. I could check out 30 books! 30. Oh the places my imagination would go. And I needed each and every book because I had two weeks to fill. Later, as I earned my own money, I would go to bookstores and buy books from my favorite authors instead of waiting for my name to pop up on the reserved list.
As time passed, I subscribed to book clubs and received books in the mail. I still purchased books at the store but these tended to be at the grocery store, K-mart, and Target. Only every few months would we travel to a bookstore for a book.
Life was too hectic.
I was raising 3 kids and my husband and I worked different shifts so one of us could always be at home for our children. That made our time together sacred.
That meant I needed to multitask. If I could pick up a book at the grocery store with all the stuff, that's one less trip I needed to make. I saved time. Then the whole Amazon thing started, and what's more efficient than shopping from home while the water boils to make spaghetti.
And bookstores started to close.
Because they're known for selling books and little else. With phones that do more than my first computer in the '80's, I know one reason is because everyone is so into multitasking that anything not multipurpose isn't considered. Even libraries carry more than books—there's movies, music, audiobooks and computers to search the web. Bookstores haven't adapted to the new paradigm.
Until the Indie800.
When Anna Questerly first told me about her idea, I got that little tingle when you know something good is happening. This combination of bookstore, art gallery, musical revue, classes, and open mic night for readings is amazing. And there's wine, too. This wasn't just a side trip to pick up someone's latest release.
This was a destination stop.
An evening of live entertainment with bonuses of meeting the authors, artists, and musicians. Something along the lines of a trip to the movies, a night at the play, or a concert. Amazon, grocery stores, and discount chains haven't ruined these things.
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Love's Great War Series
Ends September 7, 2015