A sweet gift and I need your HELP!

September 4, 2020


M&F Casuals Leslie Anne Tarabella

I’ve always said I have the kindest readers, and sure enough, you all came through and cheered me in a big way last week when I told you about losing my sweet beagle, Lois Lane. There were even more terrible things going on I didn’t mention, so my normal happy self was low-low-low. I can’t thank you enough for your loving messages.

Gretchen Scott from M&F Casuals - by Leslie Anne Tarabella

My favorite downtown shop, M&F Casuals took great pity on me, and noticing I’d missed a big sale, knew something must be wrong. (Is she trapped under something heavy? Do we call 911? Do we alert the police?) The M&F ladies who love and value each and every customer — even if you’ve only shopped with them once, sent a sparkly Fashion Fairy to my house and left a treat on my front porch.

The card started by saying, “Sorry to hear you’ve had a rough week.” I was thrilled to find the fluffy bag held my favorite Gretchen Scott tokens of love. They know I just love Gretchen Scott dresses, pants and shorts, and M&F Casuals loves their customers. I had big tears in my eyes thinking about how in the midst of this violent, angry, troubled world, there are still good people who love one another. And businesses that truly care about their customers. Thanks ladies!

Fairhope Public Library
Fairhope Public Library

Now . . . I need your brain power! I’ve been invited to appear as an author for the Fairhope Public Library Author Chats which is a new feature on their web site that allows local authors to talk about their work, and I need your help with discussion ideas.

In a normal small Alabama town, this would be a cute little fluffy feature, but this is FAIRHOPE ALABAMA  where writers grow up to have  Pulitzer Prizes attached to their names (Rick Bragg) and Garden and Gun calls (Sonny Brewer), movies made about their work (Fried Green Tomatoes and Forest Gump ). I’m honored and excited to be included in this Author Chat series.

Writing skills - author Leslie Anne Tarabella

I’ll record my episode on September 9th  These videos usually last around 10-15 minutes which would make some people panic, but I . . . well, okay, If I’m passionate about my topic, I can talk forever!

So I’m coming to you my blog readers for some guidance. Please help me with solid topics and questions you’d like to hear me discuss. You can leave the ideas in the comment section below (you don’t have to leave your real name), or send me a private email. 

I’m also going to be announcing my new book on the video . . . out soon! As soon as the FPL’s video is ready to post, I’ll be sure to share it with you. 

Send in those questions and suggestions! Thanks. 

As an example of recent author chats, Here’ s my friend Alan Samry talking about his new book, Clay City Tile – CLICK the link: https://www.facebook.com/FairhopeLibrary/videos/937831713352741

Flora and Fauna - South Alabama by Leslie Anne Tarabella

And this picture has nothing to do with anything in particular. It’s just a cool log I found in my backyard that reminded me to find beauty in everything — to give thanks in everything and to rejoice in the midst of the storm. I went back the next day to look at it again, and it had deteriorated into nothing special. — Enjoy and appreciate the moment!

Update: You can see the finished video I did by clicking here:  Fairhope Public Library.  I had to punt and record the video at my house due to the hurricane. 

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