Meet Your Heroes: Dori Hillestad Butler

Mystery writer Dori Hillestad Butler wears a Sherlock Holmes costume and holds a magnifying glass over a shelf of her 52+ books while as characters from her two series, one a golden lab, the other a ghost boy hover to either side of the author.I remember when I was a little girl, and was taken to meet Marguerite Henry. I was both a bookworm and thoroughly horse-crazy, so this was a pretty big deal. The picture I built up in my head was of Wild Horse Annie--and not even the real Velma Johnston, but the illustrated character Wesley Dennis drew in Mustang! Spirit of the West. Imagine my shock when the sweet lady who signed my copy of Misty of Chincoteague turned out to be a small white-haired grandma.

Decades have gone by but authors are still my heroes. I still expect that the people who create the worlds I, and so many other readers, get lost in, will be seven feet tall and crowned in golden light. And I still get a thrill when I get to talk to them, and maybe even get a book signed or ask them questions like what's your favorite light anti-tank weapon?*

So if you're a fellow biblio-vore, how cool would it be to take a writing class from them? In person.

On Saturday, May 6 at 1 pm, Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Dori Hillestad Butler will be helping to host the annual Young Writers' (and Artists') Coffee House at the Duvall Library. After the prize-giving to the teen winners of the Writing & Art Challenge, she'll lead the attendees in a brief writing seminar.

The event is brought to you by the generosity of the Duvall Friends of the Library, and indie bookstore Main Street Books will have copies of Dori Butler's most popular titles available for purchase.

You can ask her how she gets ideas like "He's a ghost. She lives on top of a library. Together, they fight crime!" or "I know what Zebby did. What would you have done in her shoes when you got that first horrible blog post?"

The Haunted Library

The Truth About Truman School

See you there!

(*Actual question. Actual best-selling author. Heh.)

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