Tuesday, 10 April 2012 by Tanner Clarke
This past Saturday authors from all over central Texas gathered together for the Central Texas Area Museum's Readers and Writers Roundtable. The Central Texas Area Museum is located in Salado and is a hub for history and many annual programs.
The public was invited to this event to hear from many authors and enjoy learning about the process that goes into many of their favorite books.
"It is part of the mission of the museum," said President of the Central Texas Area Museum George Shott, "to highlight artists in the Central Texas area."
Lots of the authors who were present write with themes of Central Texas history but most wrote in various styles with various topics. All of these were discussed at the roundtable event.
"We've done this regularly for many years with some breaks in between," Shott said. "This gathering of eclectic authors goes well with our museum."
The authors present included: Elizabeth McKinney, Gary Cross, Jack Oliver, Herschel Hill, Denzel Holmes, Karen Crumley, William Montgomery, Guy and Maria Smith, Sherri Knight, James Pylant and a special guest author Elizabeth Moon.
"I love talking to people," said Karen Crumley.
Crumley's latest book is "Growing up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium" and is written for her grandchildren. Most of her books would be characterized as fiction thrillers.
"All of my books have the central theme of God is bigger than everything going on," she said.
Elizabeth McKinney is a 16-year-old who has had multiple books published. Her latest book is called "Young Falcon" and is part of the fantasy genre.
"I love doing this," she said when asked about doing authors events like the roundtable. "I love doing events for children and encouraging them to write. Most kids my age try to write a book and can't do it but I hope this can teach them perseverance and they can do it."
Gary Cross has a latest novel called "Buried With Honor" about American soldiers who run across a large amount of money before everything goes wrong and someone tries to steal it. This novel set in Iraq and deals with criminal activity and is a thriller.
"The theme in this book is crime doesn't pay," he said. "I will always have a character with a military background."