Friday, March 15, 2013
Catherine Coulter at the piano? With 65 million books in print? But there she was doing familiar hymns and popular tunes last night at the Congregational and United Church of Christ Church in Fort Myers, FL. As Coulter exchanged the keyboard for the podium she said her mother was a church musician. This dynamo of the book biz with her stable of thrillers, suspense and romance novels said she was lucky to have flourished during the golden age of publishing. She sees a future where books on paper will be relegated to curiosities as the publishing world turns electronic. On the other hand, the frontier world of self-publishing offers ample opportunities for the aspiring writer, but one thing that doesn’t change is the discipline required to write. Two hours a day, every day; that’s Coulter’s formula.
Coulter’s in town for the Southwest Florida Reading festival Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harborside Hall, downtown Fort Myers. Coulter is just one of two dozen nationally known authors in multiple genres for children and adults.Do stop by the exhibition hall where novelist Bennett Shelfer and I can be found in space 43, with our novels, Drawing Dead and Four of a Kind, based on that icon of American literary lore, the poker game.