The dream continues for Cindy Dent.
The Thomson woman received news over the Thanksgiving holiday that the mystery novel she had spent the past year writing would be available for purchase at bookstores on Dec. 22.
Now, she's scheduled to participate in her first book signing on the book's release date. And the event will be taking place in her hometown.
"I think I'll have to be sitting at the table signing my name to a book before it really registers," Mrs. Dent said. "I was excited and so glad that my community stepped up and wanted to give me that type of publicity here in my home town...It made me feel like the whole town, the whole county was behind me."
Copies of Mrs. Dent's book "Yesterday's Rain" will be available for purchase and autograph on Monday, Dec. 22, at The McDuffie Mirror office in the Magnolia Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Single, autographed copies of the book will cost $17.
The beginning of the book signing may be difficult for Mrs. Dent.
She said she is excited about the opportunity, but she is worried about overwhelming emotions during that event.
"I will probably cry," she said. "I really do not foresee getting through the entire night without having tears because it will be real to me then. ... I feel sorry for the first person because I will probably have tears on their book."
According to Mrs. Dent, mystery books from Nancy Drew up to those of Mary Higgins Clark have inspired her work. "Yesterday's Rain" follows threats being made to Caitlin, the only child of Phillip Larkin. Mr. Larkin hires protection for his daughter, and the threats start to take the form of Caitlin's childhood nightmares.
Mrs. Dent is especially happy about the support she has received from her friends, the community and especially her church. She is a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
"I'm very thankful for all the support," Mrs. Dent said. "One of the things that has been such a surprise blessing is the reaction that I am getting from people that know me.
"Of course my church family has given me such tremendous support and love. When I see in their eyes true, honest, sincere excitement, that touches my heart. ... It's like people are sharing in my joy."
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 22, 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: The McDuffie Mirror Office, the Magnolia Center on Jackson Street
HOW MUCH: Signed copies are $17 each; quantities are limited