As a lifelong reader, I always wanted to meet an author as a child but I didn't until years later. By then, in my college years and beyond, I was already writing myself and hoped one day to become an author.

As a lifelong reader, I always wanted to meet an author as a child but I didn't until years later. By then, in my college years and beyond, I was already writing myself and hoped one day to become an author.
One of the first things I learned about authors, even before joining their ranks, is that most authors are also readers. They tend to be creative and sometimes march to the beat of a different drummer.  We ponder things with a writer's eye and wondered "What if?" more often than most people. And, I soon learned that despite their idiosyncrasy, authors are overall a lot like everyone else.  We live our lives in a way similar to most but we are always spinning stories in our minds, pondering what to write about next or figuring out what happens next in our current work in progress.
For the readers who may want to meet an author, why not meet four?
This Saturday, three of my author friends and I will be at the Neosho Newton County Library in downtown Neosho from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. My longtime friend Paul Herd, who writes murder mystery as Thomas S. Mulvaugh, Randy Turner, a well-known writer, journalist and author, and Cynthia Middaugh, author of  You Don't Know Me and myself will all be there with our books, pens in hand to provide autographs, and talk about writing or reading or pretty much anything someone wants to discuss.
Herd - or Mulvaugh - is a Cassville native who now lives in Monett, Missouri with his wife, Karla. He is the author of the Ozark Blood series, mysteries that revolve around detective Rick Ryder. Before he turned his hand to fiction, Herd wrote a number of automotive books, manuals and articles.
Randy Turner has several popular blogs including The Turner Report, Inside Joplin, and others. A former educator and journalist, Turner has a number of books to his credit, some fiction, others non-fiction. He's written about the Joplin tornado and his newest offering, Newton County Memories, will be available Saturday. Turner lives in Joplin but is a native of Newtonia.  Middaugh, who some local residents may know as Cindy Leonard, a Neosho High School graduate. Her work is faith filled and inspirational.
I'll be there with several of my print titles including Canaan's Land, which is set in the Neosho area.
We'll be in the Community Room of the newly renovated and expanded Neosho Library and since it's Saturday, we'll be just across the street from the Farmer's Market. We're hoping some of the folks who are finding fresh produce, flowers, meats, honey, and hand crafted creations might come over to pick up a book or at least meet the authors.
I enjoy any of the author dates I have because I have the chance to meet readers, old and new, and to visit with friends. If you have questions about writing, bring them and I'm sure one of us, if not all of us, can come up with an answer.
My friend Paul Herd and I have done several joint book events combining our genres into a Day of Murder and Romance but this is the first time we four have joined forces. We've all been part of the annual authors' symposium at Crowder College in the past but we decided to reach out to a new audience of readers.
We hope you'll come by and visit with us. We're all looking forward to the event. I know Saturday is a busy day with the Farmers Market and well as all the Celebrate Neosho events happening out at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport but if you can, if you enjoy a good read or you've always want to meet an author (or four), come join us.
We'll be at the Neosho Newton County Library from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Lee Ann Murphy is a staff writer and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.