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Author Series Continues with McGinnis

21 Mar 2016 9:32 PM | Anonymous

The following review of Tuesday night’s guest author for the Friends of the Library was written by board member and community volunteer Florence Allen

Not a Drop To Drink

Ohioan author, Mindy McGinnis, spoke to over 60 Marysville residents, which included 28 young people, on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  She began her talk about her first published book, Not A Drop To Drink.

Mindy was inspired to write the book because of the pond in her backyard and questioned “what if the pond water was the only water to drink.”  At the beginning of her research she watched the documentary on Netflix, BlueGold, which is about possible world water wars.  She told us that the book had been selected to be made into a movie.  The process of developing it into a screenplay has been a pleasing experience and is still in the development stage.

Her target audience for her books is young adults.  She has written a sequel to Not a Drop to Drink titled In a Handful of Dust.  The young people attending had read her first book and were very interested in learning about possible sequels.  She has just signed a contract with Harper Collins for two more books and is contracted to write a book a year.

Mindy was a most interesting and dynamic speaker. She entertained the audience with her hand gestures and her choice of expression.  The young people asked many questions and were very interested in the process of writing and being published.

She explained the process of how she developed and edited a book.  Once a book is accepted by a publisher, it can take up to two years of editing before it is published.  She writes about a 1,000 words a day, which is 5 typed pages.  She said she always wanted to be a writer, but knew she would have to also have another job.  She enjoys being an assistant young adult librarian in her hometown.

Attendees were able to purchase autographed copies of the books after the book talk and visit with the author.  The Friends of the Library will sponsor the next book talk by Dr, Jim Burson, a retired basketball coach, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  Tickets are available at the door for a nominal fee.  Students may attend for free.  For more information, visit or contact Bethany Anderson at or 642-1876.

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