Booneville native Sarah Garner Guillory will be signing copies of her debut novel, Reclaimed, at a reception given in her honor at The Meeting Place on Monday, April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Those wishing to have their books signed can purchase them ahead of time from Books-a-Million in Fort Smith or order online anywhere books are sold, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There will be a limited number of books available at the reception.
Guillory’s debut released six months ago, and the author says it has been difficult finding balance.
"I teach school all day and write at night. In between that I have to find time to attend events and fulfill the author part of being a writer. It’s been busy but incredibly rewarding. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a kid," she said.
Guillory recently attended the Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival in Arlington, Va., where she spoke about writing alongside award-winning authors such as Meg Medina and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
Kirkus, professional reviewer, calls Guillory’s debut "intriguing", while School Library Journal believes, "the absorbing narrative and fast-moving mystery will appeal to a much broader audience."
Set in Solitude, Arkansas, Reclaimed tells the story of three teens who come together as their lives fall apart. It involves small towns and secrets and deals with redemption and relationships, both familial and romantic.
"I hope if my students learn one thing from me, it’s that no dream is to big if you’re willing to work hard for it," Guillory says. She has just finished writing her second novel, which is set in Louisiana.
Guillory is a 1997 Booneville High School graduate. She is the daughter of Jim and Jamey Garner and the granddaughter of Gayle Foster.