INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:
“[Being an indie author is] the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
Shirley Gilmore, the author of the “Bucky and the Lukefahr Ladies” series, is a teacher. “No matter what job I have, I will always be a teacher,” she says. “It’s in my DNA. If I had lived in Paleolithic times, I would have been the storyteller of the clan, preserving our people’s history and tales and passing them on to the next generation.” Shirley taught history and various social studies classes to students in grades 7-12 for twenty-five years at a small school in southeast Missouri. She later taught earth science for four years at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She currently lives in the woods at a mystical place she calls Glendragon. She built her cottage there on the spot where she had been inexplicably drawn for many years. Whatever force resides there not only continues to attract her, but it also messes with a compass.
What Does it Mean to You to be an Indie Author?
It’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I love holding a printed copy of my book in my hands, I love seeing it on the shelf at my local library, I love knowing people are buying it, and I love having readers tell me how much they enjoyed it and asking for more.
What Do you Want Readers to Know?
After publishing my first book in 2017, readers commented they weren’t ready to leave Turn Back and they wanted to know more about the characters, so I published a sequel in December 2018. And they still wanted more so I am currently writing a third book in the series.