Photo By Arieel Alcaraz - Thrillling: Darrell James, far right, and Tammy Kaehler, sign a book for John Toebe, left, during their visit and talk at LBCC on Friday, Sept. 13.
Photo By Arieel Alcaraz / Viking  – Thrillling: Darrell James, far right, and Tammy Kaehler, sign a book for John Toebe, left, during their visit and talk at LBCC on Friday, Sept. 13.

By Katie Cortez / Staff Writer

Students and teachers filled every seat in P104 on the LAC at the LBCC Foundation and Library and Learning Resources Associates mystery and thriller book signing and Q&A on Friday, Sept. 13. Students and teachers listened in suspense as mystery and thriller authors Tammy Kaehler and Darrell James spoke about writing future novels and answered questions about the publication process.

James said, “I’m excited to talk to the students and answer their questions.” The authors certainly did answer questions about publication and the trials they went through to see their stories in print. James said that “Nazareth Child,” his first book, was rejected 67 times before going to print and eventually winning best new book of 2011.

Chelsea Smith, 21, a creative writing major, said, “It was nice to know that even published authors who know what they’re doing, struggle to get published at first.” Creative writing majors Molly Radtke, 19, and Cara Hemsath, 22, haunt the events every semester to learn more about the publishing industry.

Even with the superstitious event date, the students didn’t hesitate to attend the event. Radtke said, “Friday the 13th is just all in people’s heads.”Hemsath said, “We come here for the authors’ commentary.” Once a semester, the Foundation and Library and Learning Resources Associates collaborate to bring authors to campus to raise funds for the Library and Learning Resources Center.

All revenue brought in from sales is being used to help support school programs such as scholarships, campus beautification, the library and athletics.

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