HANNIBAL | Tuesday, June 16 marked a special day for Hannibal author Dana Lockhart as she celebrated the one-year anniversary of her first book's publication with free ebook versions on Amazon through Saturday, June 20.
The coronavirus outbreak dealt a series of challenges for Lockhart, who is also the president of the Hannibal Writers Guild. She has transitioned the guild's meetings to an online format, and she hasn't been able to hold any book signings so far in 2020. The situation surrounding the virus won't dampen Lockhart's plans to celebrate the first anniversary of her novel, “The Un-Life of William Moore.”
Lockhart's first novel unfolds with the vampire character she worked hard to humanize, while hearkening back to elements of classic vampire literature. She said her novel evoked a similar theme as “Frankenstein” in that respect. And she hasn't slowed down with her craft, completing her novel “Blood Knight,” last March, the first book in the Blood Knights trilogy about a vampire hunter who later becomes a vampire. She is currently querying the book with publishers while she works on the second book in the series. While Lockhart misses the chance to visit with readers during book signing events, she said the situation surrounding the coronavirus doesn't mean people have to postpone taking a journey while staying safe at home.
“You can get away with a book,” Lockhart said. “There's worlds inside of books where you don't have to go outside to brave the world. You can stay inside and experience the worlds inside of pages.”
Lockhart said she's held the past two HannibalWriters Guild meetings virtually, with a presentation focused on a variety of free online writing tools and organizations on Saturday, June 13. The coronavirus has brought on new challenges, and Lockhart continues with her passion of bringing her ideas to life in prose, working alongside fellow guild members as they pursue their passions.
“The arts make you forget about the troubles you're going through for a little while,” Lockhart said. “Artists and authors are really important to society in general.”
To find Lockhart's novel, search for “The Un-Life of William Moore” on Amazon's Kindle Store. For the second week of the one-year celebration, Lockhart plans to offer free shipping and sign hard copies of the novel. More information about the Hannibal Writers Guild is available by visiting www.hannibalwrites.org or by calling 573-340-1980.
Lockhart has signed copies of her novel with matching bookmarks for sale at Java Jive and The Opened Book in Hannibal and Quincy Books in Quincy.