Last night I introduced Bezellia Grove to the Nashville community at my hometown bookstore, Davis-Kidd.  It was like the best family reunion . . . ever!  Better than that . . . it was like THIS IS YOUR LIFE Susan Gregg Gilmore.

Authors River Jordan and JT Ellison at the release of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove

Treva Horne was there, the woman who held my mother’s hand the day I was born. Tricia Saperstein (and her precious mom) and Betsy Bass, playmates from the first grade, were there.  Babs Young, Mary Addison Hackett, Jennifer Herbert, Ann Hunt, Olivia Miller, Currin Mifflin, all buddies from the sixth and seventh grades were there, too.

That’s not all.  Karen and Rick Miller were sitting on the front row. Heck, this book was born at their dinner table!  Book club friends, editor friends, mothers-of-my-daughter’s-friends friends were all there. And amazingly talented writer friends like J.T. Ellison whose next mystery thriller, The Immortals, will be released October 1, River Jordan whose next book, The Miracle of Mercy Land will be released on September 7th, Lisa Patton (Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter), and poet Lisa Dordal, my roommate at the Sewanee Writers Conference, were all at the bookstore cheering me on. And my Davis-Kidd family, wow!  OK, I know they had to be there to run the store, but I love this staff that has supported me on this book-writing journey from day one.

Simply put, I was so touched.  I just wanted to stand there and take it all in, memorize each and every smiling face.

No doubt having a book published is a big, wonderful deal, but having your friends surrounding you on such a special evening is absolutely incredible.  Thank you for the giving me that moment.

Posted August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am · 3 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Tricia Saperstein Blumenthal, August 18th, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Susan: You were terrific last night! It was such a treat to hear your stories and to think about our play dates so MANY years ago!! All the best to you and keep in touch, Tricia
  2. Joyce McCullough, August 18th, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Congratulations on your new book, Susan! I wish I could have been there, but I will look forward to reading the book and promoting it here in Manchester.
  3. Barbara G. Tucker, May 16th, 2011, 8:51 am

    Hi, Susan. Just wanted to let you know I finished The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove last night. Wonderful book. Congratulations on it.

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