New author plans book signing dates
J.L. Clayton may add upcoming author to her resume as her first novel, "A Spark of Magic: Chosen Saga, Book One", is receiving good reviews.
Clayton has been a Leachville resident for 18 years and is well known in the community as she makes her rounds delivering mail. She has worked as a mail carrier for the Leachville Post Office for eight years.
She stated writing about five years ago.
"I went to the theater and watched the Twilight series, I read the books and I couldn't wait to get to the next one. It was then I decided I can write a book," she said. "My books are not copies of the Twilight series, but once I started reading those I knew I could use my imagination and come up with my own ideas. It was like the words just came flowing."
The 301 pages are filled with mystery and family secrets with the main character Charlize, aka Charlie, growing up moving from place to place. She begins to have bizarre, dark eerie dreams which seem to consume her and leads her on a journey to discover who and what she really is.
The book is fiction filled with fantasy and paranormal.
Clayton said after she finished the book and started the rewrites, she decided it was time to call it finished after several months.
No one read the book before it was published.
"I didn't even let my family read the book," she said. "Since it has been published, they have enjoyed reading it. My mother is not a reader but she said she loves it."
In addition to her family, she has received great reviews from others. The book is available on-line on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook, and other online stores. Locally the book is available at Farmers Market in Monette. Look for her on Facebook -- Jennifer Lee Clayton Goodreads --J .L. Clayton.
"I want to know what people think of it," she said. "I have the next book ready to publish in the near future. I can see several more coming in this series.
Clayton will be at the Leachville Watermelon Festival July 26 for a book signing. She will have books available or readers can bring their already purchased books to be signed and meet the author.
She will be in Blytheville at That Bookstore on Main Street from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12.
"I appreciate the opportunity to be able to hold book signings in the area and talk to people face to face," Clayton said. "I don't want people to buy the book just because I wrote it. I want them to buy and read it and I want to know how they feel about it."
Signed copies are also available by contacting Clayton on Facebook.
Clayton and her husband, Robert, have a daughter, Shyla, 15, a ninth grade student at Buffalo Island Central. Robert works at Southworth, Inc. in Manila.