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California Author's Invitational: M.L. Hamilton

Here is a guest blog by one of my fellow invitees, M.L. Hamilton, called "State Fair Musings"

Two years ago I heard about the author booth at the California State Fair. I wanted to be a part of it, but I wasn’t really sure what the experience would be like. I thought I’d sell a few books, meet some nice people, and eat some unmentionable fried concoction. Two of those things happened – my waist wants me to avoid fried unmentionables.
This year I returned to the fair with delight, knowing that I would meet so many unique people, especially my fellow authors. You see, that’s what I really loved about the fair last year – the people. Whether it was the young guy on a unicycle juggling hacky sacks, or the people walking by on stilts, the California State Fair is a smorgasbord of visual and auditory stimulation.
However, this year has been extra special. I got to share a table with Elizabeth Pinkerton, a woman who I have admired from afar for a very long time. You see, in the school district where I work, Elizabeth is something of a legend. She chronicles the history of Elk Grove and as I’ve come to find out, has dedicated so much of her life to education on both the local, state, and national level. It was delightful to discuss the people we’ve both known for decades and to hear her stories of a district that has grown beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
Not only that, but the highlight of my day came when a woman walked up and told me she had been to the fair the previous year, bought my novel, Emerald, and was returning to buy the sequel, The Heirs of Eldon. I wanted to hug her, it meant so much.
So I have now reprioritized what I hoped to accomplish from appearing at the State Fair. Meeting nice people is now number one, although, truth-be-told, I do so love the sales!

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