An author held a book-signing event at Sunbury Town Hall last Friday evening. The author’s book, The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras, published by Rogue Phoenix Press, is a first novel and the first in a five-book series.
The author is busy. He said the second book is in rough draft form; that he’s trying to get the second fantasy novel completed and published by October so he could market it from a booth he already has reserved at Ohio Comic Con that runs from October 31 to November 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
So who is this mystery author who launches a book with a book-signing event in Sunbury?
It’s no mystery. It’s Big Walnut’s own Joe Evener, who teaches Social Studies and Language Arts at Big Walnut Intermediate School and is the driving force behind the high school’s girl’s track program.
The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras, is a fantasy novel about the book’s main character, Julie Ayers, and her journey in learning that her teacher, Marcus Campbell, is a warrior from another dimension.
Campbell takes Ayers to Seras and begins preparing her to face the evil that threatens both Seras and Earth. She tries, often unsuccessfully, to balance life on Earth as a high school student and on Seras as the prophesied savior of their world. Julie fails miserably at first, but learns over time how to overcome her doubts and fears with Marcus Campbell’s guidance.
As last Friday’s book signing got underway, Evener spoke a bit about the process of writing The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras.
“I started working on the idea in 2005,” Evener said. “It took four years to write, and another three years to edit and get a publisher to look at it. The second book is already in a rough draft, the entire series of five books is outlined.”
Evener said his goal is to have volume two of the Seras series in his publisher’s hands by April so it can hit the street in October.
Evener said around 125 people showed up for Friday’s book signing event.
“I’m hoping to have a couple more signings over the next couple of months,” Evener said. “It was a great time, and it looked like everyone had fun. I wish it wasn’t so cold that night so more people could have made it out.
“I love all the support Sunbury and all of my family and friends gave me, and are giving me,” he added.
Places to follow Joe Evener as an author are < techinanutshell.blogspot.com/ >, Twitter @joe_evener, and < facebook.com/pages/Joe-Evener-Author/174371629378772 >.
To purchase copies of The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras in paperback or e-book format go to < roguephoenixpress.com/ >, or < barnesandnoble.com/w/journey-to-seras-joe-evener/1117448960?ean=2940149013968 >, or < amazon.com/-/e/B00H5U2Y02 >.