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Local Author Roundtable

December 9th @ 3:00pm

Come and hear from local authors Sarah M. Anderson, Alexandra Ivy, and Steve Weigenstein during our Local Author Roundtable discussion on writing.

Join us as they discuss the writing process and answer questions from the audience.

There will also be an opportunity at the end of the program for patrons to get books signed by the authors.


Meet Sarah M. Anderson

It took a caffeine-fueled car trip with my 92-year-old grandmother and two-year-old son in July of 2007 to awaken my Muse. That story would become my first book as I figured out how, exactly, one writes a novel.

Let's just say the learning curve was steep.

One character led to another. Before long, my characters were in South Dakota, among the Lakota Sioux tribe. Modern-day cowboys who are the Indians - without planning it, I find myself writing about the people and places that held my imagination throughout my childhood.

With over thirty books published since 2011, I'm now an award-winning author who writes contemporary snarky and sensual romances featuring cowboys and bull riders as well as billionaires with and without babies. A Man of Privilege won RT Reviewer’s Choice 2012 Desire of the Year. The Nanny Plan was a 2016 RITA® winner for Contemporary Romance: Short.

I live in Illinois with my husband, son, and rescue mutts. I write full time (which is how one publishes that many books in that short a time period). I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Chicago-North RWA. When not chasing my son around or tweaking my books, I attempt to read, knit, and complete a home improvement project in my historical 1895 Queen Anne house.


Meet Steven Wiegenstein

I was born and raised in the eastern Missouri Ozarks -- my folks grew up on adjoining farms, and our family roots go deep in Madison, Iron, and Reynolds counties.

I went to college at the University of Missouri. After a few years as a newspaper reporter, I returned to school and then got into the higher education biz, with teaching stints at Centenary College of Louisiana, Drury College (now "university"), Culver-Stockton College, and Western Kentucky University.

I'm an avid canoer, rafter, and kayaker on Missouri's float streams.....a longtime member, friend, and supporter of the Quincy, Illinois, Unitarian Church.....a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.....a hiker (ok, make that walker).....a board member of the Missouri Writers' Guild. I find pennies on the sidewalk more frequently than anyone I know.


Meet Alexandra Ivy

Like most writers, I was born with an avid love for reading. Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand or wasn’t dreaming up wild stories in my head. And when I stepped into my local library for the first time I thought it was paradise. There were so many books on the shelves I didn’t know where to start!

Still, I didn’t plan to grow up and become a writer. I was much more interested in a glorious career as an actress on Broadway.

I followed my dream by acquiring a degree in theatre and performing for several years in summer-stock productions, but after I married my college sweetheart I decided to put the career on hold while we started a family. After the arrival of my two sons, Chance and Alex, I found myself seeking a new creative outlet and decided to turn my occasional scribblings into a genuine effort to get published.

I’d like to say that I was an overnight success, but the truth is that it took years before I finally got ‘the call’. The rejections were painful, but now I’m relieved. All those manuscripts that I thought were the next Great American Novel are now exactly where they belong…gathering dust under my bed.

They did, however, help me learn my craft, and just as importantly, they gave me the opportunity to enjoy writing in a wide variety of genres as I searched for my voice. Which no doubt explains why I started writing traditional regencies under the name Debbie Raleigh and then moved to steamy historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh before transforming into a contemporary paranormal writer as Alexandra Ivy. Now my career spans everything from erotica to romantic suspense.

When I’m not writing I love to travel, it doesn’t matter where I’m going as long as it doesn’t include any cooking or cleaning. I also love to spend time with my family who continue to be my greatest source of inspiration. And since some things never change…when I have a few minutes, you can still find me with a book in my hand!


Color Me Serene Adult Coloring Club

December 26th @ 5:00pm


Socrates Cafe' Discussion Group

December 8th @ 10:15am

December’s Topic of Discussion:  Animals and Ethics


Candid Conversations

December 9th @ 10:15am

December’s Topic of Discussion: Consumerism