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Monday, November 8, 2010

My Theatrical Debut: In the 6th Grade

Here's a little history. This is a picture of me when I was in the 6th Grade, performing as Snoopy in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." My "theatrical debut", so to speak. It was sent to me by a wonderful lady named Dee Vesterby from Arizona. She is probably credited as the first person who ever really believed in my talents. She hand-typed (funny that in the "computer age" you have to say it that way) my first novel that I wrote in a notebook in the 5th Grade. I recently sent her the music CD of "Whispered Visions" and this is what she sent in reply. :)

Coincidentally, Sister Vesterby also played a role in my conversion to the LDS Church when I was Sophomore in High School. I attended a Youth Conference in Glenwood Springs, CO with her son, Eric, who was my best friend at the time. Brenton Yorgason was the Youth Speaker. It was the very first time that I ever felt the Holy Ghost. The feeling touched me so deeply that three years later, when I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, I recognized the feeling immediately. So my heartfelt thanks to a great lady! Mucho Gracias Sister Vesterby!

@ Copyright 2010, Chris Heimerdinger

Monday, November 1, 2010

Updated November Schedule--including Boise

So a few dates for autograph signings got changed around on me. I'm now coming to Boise, ID on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). I'll be St. George this upcoming Saturday (Nov. 6). And in Twin Falls, ID on Nov. 20th. December is still an unknown, but I'll likely add those dates as soon as my publisher lets me know.

I've never enjoyed meeting fans as much as I have this go-around with the publication of Sorcerers and Seers. There's a truism about the publishing business: Every time you publish something new, people mysteriously remember that you wrote other things, and the other things suddenly sell better. In short, I've sold a ton of Books 1-5 and Books 6-10 as SETS. It's very interesting--and thrilling--to watch twenty years of a person's life work walk out the door with a single customer.

So here's the November schedule:

Fri, Nov. 5 – Murray Costco, 11 am-4 pm
Sat, Nov. 6 – St George, Costco, 11 am-4 pm
Tues, Nov. 9 ­ Lehi Costco, 11 am-2 pm
Fri, Nov. 12 - Orem Costco, 11 am-2pm
Sat, Nov. 13 – Lehi Costco 11 am-4 pm
Thurs, Nov. 18 - Lehi Costco, 11am-2 pm
Fri, Nov, 19 - West Bountiful Costco, 11 am-2 pm
Sat, Nov. 20– Twin Falls, ID Costco, 10 am-Noon
Sat, Nov. 20– Crowley’s Quad in Twin Falls, ID, 1-4 pm
Tues, Nov. 23– Orem Costco, 11am - 2 pm
Wed, Nov. 24– West Bountiful Costco, 11 am- 2 pm
BLACK Fri, Nov. 26– Orem Costco, 10 am - 2 pm
BLACK Fri, Nov. 26 – Redwood Seagull (about 15th South), 3-4:30 pm
Sat, Nov. 27–Boise, ID Costco 11 am-4 pm
Tues, Nov. 30 - West Bountiful, 11 am-2 pm

Yes, I'm busily working on Escape From Zarahemla (in between signing events) and hope to finish it early in 2011. With any luck, my publisher will release it before the end of the summer. Then it's full-steam-ahead to finish Thorns of Glory, the 12th edition of the Tennis Shoes Adventure Series. As I've explained (to all fans at signings who will listen) Escape From Zarahemla will "TIE INTO" the Tennis Shoes series. Those who read Escape From Zarahemla will understand why this book had to be written before Thorns of Glory. Yeah, I know. The statement itself provokes multiple questions, most of which I will likely avoid answering, 'cause I'd give away too much of the story! :)

Just know that you won't have to wait five years again. I've officially published on Facebook (which is about as official as it gets) that I'll have Thorns of Glory finished in 12-24 months. I admit, it will be a very complex and heavily-researched book, but (I think) I did most of the research with Sorcerers and Seers (I won't know for sure until I'm well underway), so now I just have to float on imagination. (well....mostly.)

Either way, I promise to make these next books my ultimate roller-coaster rides. :)