ANDERSON — Local author Elmore Hammes remembers when he first published a children’s book and a little girl approached him at a book signing. She wouldn’t stop smiling, not even to talk to the writer.
“Her mom finally said, ‘She’s just amazed she’s meeting someone who wrote a book,’” he said.
Now Anderson residents will have the opportunity to meet 16 local writers at the Sixth Annual Authors Fair and Book Signing from noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Anderson Public Library
Hammes, who is co-sponsoring the event and featuring his book of short stories, said the weekend will give writers an opportunity to tap into new audiences.
“If you make a connection with someone on your book and they’re talking to the author, if they have the money they’re going to want it,” he said.
Most of the authors started writing in adulthood, like retired school teacher Nancy Zimmerman.
“I don’t know where this came from, but it happened, so I guess it was supposed to be,” she said during a round table discussion with authors Monday.
Others have been writing since their youth, such as Westfield resident Nicole Kobrowski. She started writing when she was 13 years old and had a one-page writing assignment. That assignment turned into a six-page, single-spaced story her classmates loved.
“I was like, ‘Wow, I have an imagination I can put toward stories. What else can I write?’” Kobrowski said. “It’s evolved from writing about love and boys as a teenager to more mature writing.”
Since then she’s written multiple books, including several books for people to learn English as a second language and the paranormal.
She’s featuring her fourth book about the paranormal, “Ghosts of Madison County,” at the fair Saturday.