The Book ‘Em North Carolina team has been hard at work preparing for the 2015 event, and it’s always a thrill when authors want to return year after year. One of those authors is Christie Silvers, who travels to Lumberton each year from Georgia to participate in the event.
As a writer and a parent, Silvers supports any organization with the desire to promote reading and the love of books. She came the first year to try something new and support literacy, but she says it was so much fun and she met so many wonderful people that she felt she just has to come back year after year. She says she’d feel like she was missing out if she didn’t spend those couple of days in Lumberton every February.
Silvers says that even as a small child she would create “books” and give them to her friends and family. Her mother kept her first one, which was made of construction paper and illustrated with crayons. It wasn’t until 2006 when a friend suggested she try her hand at something more substantial. That was the year she discovered a love for writing paranormal fiction, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Silvers’ books are about things outside our normal existence. It’s the monsters we fear are hiding under our beds. It’s the goblin scratching at our window when everyone else says it’s only a tree limb. It’s all the creepy crawlies that stalk our dreams. The genre attracted her not only because she loves reading it, but also because she likes telling tales that no one else has. She likes the monsters. She feels those monsters have a different side to their lives than just trying to destroy us, or terrify us into insanity. Everyone wants to be loved, right?
Her books contain both real and fictional locations, and even the fictional locations are based on real places, usually her hometown of Chatsworth, Ga.
Her book, “Time for Death,” introduces heroine Liz Baker, who finds out she’s not exactly human and that there is an entire world of creatures out there she’s never dreamed she belonged to. Liz is an everyday Georgia girl: She’s rough and rowdy, curvy and sensual, mouthy and downright bossy at times, but none of that stops her from having a good time. The book was so successful that it developed into the Liz Baker series.
To find out more about Christie Silvers, check out her website at christiesilvers.com. She also writes a blog at christiesilvers.blogspot.com and she can be found on Twitter @christiesilvers and on Facebook at facebook.com/authorchristiesilvers.
We hope you’ll mark your calendar for Feb. 28 to see Silvers in person at Book ‘Em North Carolina at the Lewis Auditorium entrance at Robeson Community College.
For information about Book ‘Em, visit bookemnc.org.
p.m.terrell is the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina and the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation. She has written more than 18 books, including two award-winning series that take place in Lumberton. For information, visit pmterrell.com.