I began the Texas leg of my book tour in my hometown of Boerne, where I graduated high school. Tonight, I wrapped up my Texas tour in Kerrville, at my undergrad alma mater, Schreiner University.
It was great to see the old place, which has undergone tremendous growth — new academic buildings, new housing, new community buildings — but still somehow maintains its bones. And the heart of the campus is still the old Weir Building, where I took so many of my literature and writing classes.
In fact, I hadn’t been on campus long before I found my way up to the second floor of Weir, where I dropped in on my professor, Dr. Kathleen Hudson, and got invited to sit in on her mythology course. (They were discussing Demeter and Persephone. We decided that the old woman and her young daughter-in-law in my novel were a good fit for the discussion!) Afterward, I stuck around and chatted with a couple of students about their own writing.
Then it was time for my reading and book discussion as part of Schreiner’s Monday Night Fiction series.
Which means, yes, a selfie. Or, three — it was hard to get everyone into one shot, and I still cropped out some folks! Afterward, I took another with my good friends and great professors, Dr. William Woods and Dr. Kathleen Hudson.
I had a grand time, and the discussion afterward was fantastic! Lots of great questions, including several I hadn’t heard before! And booksales afterward, and food, and friendship, and just an amazing time all around.
Thanks so much to Schreiner University for hosting me!