I can’t believe it’s almost over. I knew that 2019 was going to be a good one, but I had no idea it would go out with such a bang.
Y’all. Walking The Wrong Way Home has sold over 300 copies since the publishing date of 11-26th.
I had my first book event at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro on 11-30th and was blown away by the number of people who came out. Before everyone was seated, chairs had to be added three times. The final count was forty-five people in the audience. I still can’t believe I’ve had to restock the supply of books at the bookstore three times since the event. Let me tell you – there is nothing that compares to seeing strangers carrying your book around a bookstore.
Except this. When one of your all-time favorite authors, one of your idols – plugs your book on his Facebook page. Y’all, I’m still pretty goofy over this. Not going to lie – I printed out a copy and stuck on my office wall. Mark Childress – the author of Crazy in Alabama (a book I’ve given away I don’t know how many copies to friends and one stranger, because it is THAT good) posted this to his page.
Walking The Wrong Way Home has received great reviews, I’m grateful for every one. Writing a review for an author is the best way to support us. Here’s a few for Walking The Wrong Way Home:
On January 28th I’ll be making a trip to Fairhope, Alabama. Y’all know how much I love that place – and this time I’ll be going as an author.
I have a book event at Page and Palette scheduled at 6pm. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. If your in the area, stop by – it’s going to be lots of fun. It’s Sonny Brewer’s birthday which makes it even more special. Sonny was the one who gave me the push I needed with these four words – YOU ARE WORTH IT. How lucky am I that he’s going to introduce me to the audience in Fairhope? Life – it’s always an adventure, isn’t it?
I hope everyone is happy, healthy, and feeling loved this holiday. Life might not be perfect, but it’s pretty dang good. Remember – we cain’t all be saints, but we can all be kind.
Walking The Wrong Way Home takes you inside the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
About the Book:
Walking The Wrong Way Home takes you inside the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Where hidden secrets are brought to light and burned with past regrets in brush piles in the mountains of East Tennessee or used to set fire to the mass produced tall and skinnies taking over East Nashville. Between the pages you’ll meet Penny, an eighty-seven year old widow who sleeps in her red shoes, Jimmy, a quiet auto mechanic whose memories are never silent, Jewel a young girl who sees beauty everywhere, even though she’s lost almost everything, and Willie, a thirteen-year-old who faces his worst fears only to find out that the truth is scarier than any haint or ghost story he’s ever imagined. There’s Elma and Roy, a couple who’ve been married for over forty years. Elma realizes on her sixty-third birthday that it’s not too late to live her life, but it takes Roy two weeks to notice. Spanning nearly twenty decades, the struggles and victories these characters face are timeless as they all work towards the same goal. A place to feel safe, a place to call home.
About the Author:
Mandy Haynes has spent hours on barstools, at backstage venues, and riding in vans listening to tales from some of the best songwriters and storytellers in Nashville, Tennessee. She now lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her three dogs, a turtle, and a grateful liver. Walking the Wrong Way Home was a finalist for the 2017 Tartt Fiction Award.
Mandy worked for twenty-six years for Vanderbilt University Medical Center before deciding to run away to Amelia Island. She started as a clerk, working in the mailroom and making thousand of copies of patients medical records – but worked her way up to finish the last sixteen years as a pediatric cardiac sonographer at Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital.
Some of her favorite memories include her time as a receptionist/administrative assistant in Addiction Psychiatry, break-room antics with her fellow refund clerks, and of course all of the families and children she met in cardiology.
Fans of Fannie Flagg, Sue Monk Kidd, Wiley Cash, Rick Bragg, Harper Lee, and Harry Crews might enjoy her writing style. These stories are for readers who like to chase their stories with a shot of whiskey while burrowed under a hand stitched quilt.
If you’d like a signed copy ($19.05 includes tax and s/h) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get one to you.