It is always a treat to meet an author in person, especially one with which you have had only email contact for approximately five months. I discovered Suzy Barile’s book Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle and a Yankee General on the North Carolina Writer’s Network, where both of us are members. I emailed and asked if she would like to come to our community college to give a book reading as well as be the judge of our literary magazine, the Wilson Literary Review. She graciously agreed to do both, and we began planning those events through only email communication.
One thing I must say about Suzy is she is the consummate professional. I have never worked with a person who is so dedicated to her craft and has the time to respond to every email within 24 hours or less–I never have. This woman is also a community college teacher and is in the middle of moving into and renovating her new home, as well as traveling the state of North Carolina giving book readings. Where does she find the time to do it all? And the energy!
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