Perrysburg author to hold book signingWritten by Paige Shermis | | email@example.com
When Tom Waggoner’s three children were younger, he would sit in the hallway of their home and tell them bedtime stories, so all three could hear from their separate bedrooms at once.
“When I got older, they said, ‘Dad you shouldn’t let that get away from you.’ I wrote a manuscript a few years ago. In the past few years, there were some more family pressures, and I got into connection with Tate Publishing in Oklahoma. … It went from stories told to my children to a book,” Waggoner said.
The book he speaks of is “Danger in the Hills,” a children’s work about Ernie and Petunia, groundhogs that must move with their babies to a new burrow in Ernie’s childhood hills. This is Waggoner’s first book.
“I grew up on a farm in Northwest Ohio, so a lot of story content comes from that. If you think of “The Wind in the Willows” and “Watership Down,” it’s a story like that: animals live it and tell the story. It’s kind of an adventure story,” Waggoner said.
Waggoner will hold a book signing on June 29 from 1-3 p.m. for “Danger in the Hills” at My Daily Grind Coffee House in Perrysburg. My Daily Grind is located at 120 Louisiana Ave. in Perrysburg.
In his book, Waggoner said he tries to weave in positive values.
“When I used to tell the stories, I tried to quietly weave family values into it, and particularly how we really need to be able to trust and depend on each other. That was really the core of it,” he said.
Waggoner cautions any aspiring authors that a lot of time and energy goes into the publishing process.
“It’s a lot of work to write and publish a book. … To get it plotted out and to work it, and work it, and work it, until it makes sense and all connects, and go through the editing processes until its perfect as possible takes a lot of attention to detail,” he said.
Waggoner, who is the president of the Turf and Specialty Group at The Andersons, is interested in pursuing sequels and other works, but is taking the process “one step at a time.”
Currently, “Danger in the Hills” is available online through Amazon, Nook and Kindle. In July, the book will be available for major chains to pick it up, Waggoner said.
This is the second book signing held at My Daily Grind, said owner Steve Kear.
“It’s been organized by Tate Publishing. They call me when they have a local writer that they wish to get some exposure to in that way. We have an interesting venue, because we have a long, narrow building with a room in the front where they can greet and meet, with fans and they can mingle in the back, all in an island setting,” Kear said.Kear, whose coffee shop has been open for 14 years, is “thrilled” by the prospect of the signing.
“[Waggoner’s] a very nice man. … I’m always surprised when somebody wants to do something at our store, because I don’t consider us to be very big. We have a solid community here in Perrysburg. I’m happy do to more and more [signings]. A great function of what we do here is being part of the community,” Kear said.
Waggoner hopes that his book contributes to society in a fun way.
“What I wanted more than anything is [to write a book that’s] entertaining and inspires the imagination, and there’s a moral to the story. I hope as many kids as possible read it,” he said.