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Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival

Event Recap: Daphne at the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival

What a great weekend at the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival!


I hope you were able to come out and talk to the many authors and illustrators who displayed their work on the streets of downtown Lakeland.


I was doubly excited because this was the first exhibit of my books. I was able to talk to people from all walks of life about my reason for writing–to comfort others with the comfort God has given me.


Most of all, I enjoyed hearing the stories of those who came to my booth. I am always enthralled by people’s life stories, and I heard quite a few that inspired me, moved me, and will always stay with me. If you have a story to tell–and believe me, you do–I hope you will share it.


Here are some pictures of the day.


My booth



My little helper and I sitting at The Comfort Station


With writer friend, Sara Robillard


I will take so many memories with me from this event, and I was so proud to share it with many other authors, three of which are in the Lakeland Christian Writers group–Beth Willis Miller, April Whitt, and LaVerne Stevens.


All Participants at the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival


God is doing a great work!


Oh, and I managed to sell a few books along the way. 😉


My two books, “Chronicles of a Walk with Christ” and “Women of the Secret place,” followed by “Deliver Me from My Anguish, Lord,” which I edited for author Ruthie Velazquez-Paredes this year.


Thank you, once again, for your continued support and encouragement. To God be all the glory!


Big hugs,


What’s Your Story?

Yesterday, my husband and I–along with our nephew and two of our nieces–headed downtown to the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival. One of our good friends and favorite authors, April Whitt, debuted her new book, “Private Eye, Romeo Riley:  The Boy Who Saw Too Much.” Congratulations, April!

As we walked up and down the booths, it occurred to me how many different stories people had to share. Stories about…

  • Special needs.
  • Paper airplanes.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Fossils.
  • Missionary tales.
  • You name it.


Each person believed in their story so much–whether fiction or non-fiction–to breathe life into it and put it down on paper. But not only did they put it down on paper, they also shared it with others.


As we walked some more, my nieces begged, “Tell us a story, Tia.” (That’s Spanish for “Aunt.”) They, too, wanted to hear a story–not just any story, my story.


Dear one, you have a story to share.

  • Will you breathe life into it?
  • Will you share it with others?


Someone somewhere wants to hear your story. Only you can tell it.


Come alongside… Tell us your story.

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