Playing Catch-Up

I should be blogging.
Authors blog. Audience expects author to blog.


I shall blog, and I shall attempt to be more intentional about frequency with which I blog. First, allow me to bring all up to date, especially in today’s sunlight after tornadic winds and several inches of rain spread over Mississippi just yesterday.


Almost four months since the launch of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero, I am pleased to offer great gratitude to so many people who have bought, read, and commented. Thank You! After a very fun party to launch the book in Gulfport, just a couple blocks from Harrison County’s emergency operations center and one county removed from Katrina’s Ground Zero, Lemuria Books in Jackson hosted my first major speak-and-sign event. BB Queens Book Club outdid themselves in preparing and serving a feast for a standing-room-only crowd, and more than 100 generous souls bought books that night! In September, with special thanks to Publicist Extraordinaire Susan Marquez, I shared the Millsaps’ Arts & Lecture Series stage with Governor Haley Barbour and Photographer Tim Isbell to discuss all our Katrina-related work. Since, we’ve learned that event drew the Series’ largest-ever crowd; and we sold some more books.


Generous event organizers have welcomed me at the Brandon Seniors Services Center, the City of Magee’s Crazy Day, Madison Marketplace’s Grand Opening, and Tupelo’s Celebration Village. I have tremendously enjoyed working with booksellers at Off-Square Books in Oxford, Lorelei Books and the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation in Vicksburg, Turning Pages in Natchez, and Reed’s in Tupelo. Upcoming events allow me to re-visit Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, and Page & Palette in Fairhope, Alabama.


Yes, busy times! And I am always grateful when friends and family ask, “How’s the book going?” Or when they say, “I hope you’re selling a gazillion copies!” Truth is, I have no idea. Not until the booksellers and publisher compile their numbers and tell me in February 2016 will I know how sales are going. I have to remember that my publishing partner reminded me just before the launch that mine is one of 485,000 books that will be published this year. Sigh. I also know with assurance that my book has sold more than the 250 copies many authors never achieve — how many more, so far unknown. But I do know that the book’s reach has gone far beyond the tri-county area most impacted by Katrina. And I am grateful.


The best thing about events — beyond selling books! — is that I get to meet and visit with readers and individuals who are interested in reading the book. And the one sure truth of which I am reminded is that everybody has a Katrina story. My BB Queens Book Club not only threw a big party at Lemuria; they also read the book, which we discussed at our September meeting. Our discussion that months went on and on. . . for more than two hours! Everybody has a Katrina story. I am grateful that Champions of the Storm shared their stories to become the book, and I invite readers to post Your Story here on my website.


Thank you for reading this. Please share and encourage others to become acquainted with my book. Please share your thoughts with me: address your mail to me at Happy Thanksgiving!

Wessman Words

Hello – Welcome to this all-new blog page for Wessman Words. Thank you for coming here.

Many people have helped me advance to here. And over the next few weeks, I’ll try to introduce many of them to you. For now, please join me in being grateful for this new online presence, for having access to a sophisticated email tool, and, especially, for having a Katrina book near completion and launch.

If you can join us, Triton Press and Bay Books will help me launch Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero from 5 to 7:30 pm Friday, July 24, at the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art, 1300 24th Avenue, Gulfport. The following day, we’ll all be at USM-Gulf Park Campus for Celebrate Literacy – The Magic of Books (

Please share Your Story (otherwise known as my Guest Book); I really would like to hear from you!