Local authors showcase their work and share experiences
Joshua Lopez, 8, left, gets a sticker from local author Janet Squires, right, as Lopez moves from author to author in the children's book section at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
By Samie Gebers
Saturday, January 14th, 2017

About 50 local authors proudly showcased their work while they shared experiences, answered questions and engaged with the community at the 4th Annual Celebration of Local Authors at the Old Town Newhall Library.

“It’s a day to celebrate the authors in our community, help promote their work, connect to the library and connect with the public,” Jane Beebe said, a member of the board of Friends of the Library.

“It’s a way for the public to ask questions.”

Attendees, left, talk with local non-fiction authors as they sell and autographer their books , some of the 50 local authors on hand at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Friends of the Library organized the celebration and expected around 300 to 400 people to come by to the free event and meet writers involved with various genres from romance to non-fiction.

Panels were held throughout the day to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the writing process.

“We found that in the panel discussion, the participants are wanting to be writers,” said Paula Golden, a local preschool teacher and children’s author.

Local author T.K. Leigh, center, describes how she creates a character for her books as she sits on a panel of romance novelists with Joy Eileen, left, and Emerald Lavere at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Richard McNally was one of those people in attendance who has always wanted to write.

“I myself am a wannabe writer,” McNally said.  “I have a lot of great ideas. Something just doesn’t let me sit down and write them out. I appreciate all of the effort that all of these writers have.”

An attendee, left, buys a book from local author Harriette Knight, one of 50 local authors on hand at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

And McNally was not the only person who admired the talent in the room.

Carolyn Beilfuss was excited to attend the celebration to support her friend Mary Baxter-Jordan, who recently completed her first book.

“I’m in awe of the creativity and that someone can be that creative artistically and verbally,” Beilfuss said.

“I don’t have those talents, so I’ll always be in appreciation of those that do.”

While it takes talent to write a book, it also takes patience.

“It’s a creative process,” Baxter-Jordan said. “It still takes time to click in your brain and figure out what is your intention, what your direction is, where it’s going to come from and how you’re going to present it.”

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.

Joshua Lopez, 8, left, gets a sticker from local author Janet Squires, right, as Lopez moves from author to author in the children's book section at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Local authors showcase their work and share experiences

About 50 local authors proudly showcased their work while they shared experiences, answered questions and engaged with the community at the 4th Annual Celebration of Local Authors at the Old Town Newhall Library.

“It’s a day to celebrate the authors in our community, help promote their work, connect to the library and connect with the public,” Jane Beebe said, a member of the board of Friends of the Library.

“It’s a way for the public to ask questions.”

Attendees, left, talk with local non-fiction authors as they sell and autographer their books , some of the 50 local authors on hand at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Friends of the Library organized the celebration and expected around 300 to 400 people to come by to the free event and meet writers involved with various genres from romance to non-fiction.

Panels were held throughout the day to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the writing process.

“We found that in the panel discussion, the participants are wanting to be writers,” said Paula Golden, a local preschool teacher and children’s author.

Local author T.K. Leigh, center, describes how she creates a character for her books as she sits on a panel of romance novelists with Joy Eileen, left, and Emerald Lavere at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Richard McNally was one of those people in attendance who has always wanted to write.

“I myself am a wannabe writer,” McNally said.  “I have a lot of great ideas. Something just doesn’t let me sit down and write them out. I appreciate all of the effort that all of these writers have.”

An attendee, left, buys a book from local author Harriette Knight, one of 50 local authors on hand at the 4th Annual Celebration of of Local Authors held at the Old Town Newhall Library in Newhall on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

And McNally was not the only person who admired the talent in the room.

Carolyn Beilfuss was excited to attend the celebration to support her friend Mary Baxter-Jordan, who recently completed her first book.

“I’m in awe of the creativity and that someone can be that creative artistically and verbally,” Beilfuss said.

“I don’t have those talents, so I’ll always be in appreciation of those that do.”

While it takes talent to write a book, it also takes patience.

“It’s a creative process,” Baxter-Jordan said. “It still takes time to click in your brain and figure out what is your intention, what your direction is, where it’s going to come from and how you’re going to present it.”

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.