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Author event and giveaway: Carolyn Dingman

October 21, 2014

Carolyn Dingman

Debut author Carolyn Dingman was recently in town for a fun Book Your Lunch event that I was able to attend.  As a military brat, Carolyn attended six different elementary schools.  She studied architecture at Clemson and currently lives in Atlanta.    Carolyn considers herself shy and doesn’t like to speak in front of people so promotion is difficult for her.  I thought she did a terrific job engaging the audience.

Carolyn wasn’t really a writer or a reader but blogged about her children when they were small.  When her daughter learned about the blog, she demanded Carolyn stop and she did, that very day.  Carolyn had gotten into the habit of writing every day, though, and she found she missed it.  She started waking up with “scenes in [her] head” and decided to write them down.

She sent her first novel to the editor of an author friend.  The editor told her the book was awful but her dialogue was “effortless” and she encouraged her to write another story.  Carolyn worked with that editor for about a year.  She said the editor was mean and tough but she taught her how to write and sent her manuscript to an agent.  It took about 5 years to get to publication.

Cancel the WeddingCarolyn described Cancel the Wedding as a very Southern story of family, love, and place with a little romance and a little mystery.  I got her to autograph a copy of the book for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of CANCEL THE WEDDING, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Tuesday, October 28, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    October 21, 2014 6:18 am

    I first heard about this book at BEA and I’ve been curious. Her first editor sounds tough!

  2. October 21, 2014 7:12 am

    so hoping to win this one

  3. October 21, 2014 8:56 am

    Well this isn’t relevant but I love her dress! :–)

  4. ondbookshelf permalink
    October 21, 2014 10:40 am

    Sounds like a great event! It must be tough on some of these authors to have to speak at events if that is not really something they’ve had to do before. Public speaking is definitely not my thing! Hopefully the author will get more comfortable speaking as her readership and book events grow.

  5. October 21, 2014 10:47 am

    I have been noticing this book around….

  6. October 21, 2014 11:48 am

    I’ve seen this on a few blogs and think it would be a good read!

  7. October 21, 2014 1:12 pm

    Persistence is key! Glad to hear she never gave up!

  8. October 21, 2014 1:41 pm

    This sounds interesting. Fascinated by her journey to publication. Did she ever return to blogging?

  9. October 21, 2014 2:58 pm

    Sounds good 🙂

  10. October 21, 2014 3:47 pm

    This sounds terrific! Glad that she continued writing despite her first book not working out with the editor.

  11. Patty permalink
    October 21, 2014 4:29 pm

    I read and loved this book!

  12. October 21, 2014 5:00 pm

    What an interesting journey to publication! Public speaking does sound like a hard part of the job for introvert types. Thanks for introducing me to this book and author- I’m intrigued.

  13. October 21, 2014 6:23 pm

    Book Your Lunch sounds like great fun! Thank you for hosting this great giveaway, Kathy. I will share it in blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  14. October 21, 2014 8:12 pm

    What a great story she has about becoming a writer.

  15. October 22, 2014 7:11 pm

    I always love hearing about authors way to to publication stories!

  16. October 22, 2014 9:30 pm

    That looks like a fun one!

  17. October 22, 2014 10:11 pm

    I liked hearing about her writing journey, thanks for sharing with us.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    October 23, 2014 9:48 am

    This looks terrific! I love good Southern fiction!

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