Photos by Shawn Nowlin
Authors Julie Trettel and Char Webster holding a copy of each other’s book.

The concept of the annual event is simple: It’s a chance to meet a variety of authors up close and personal as well as give an opportunity for people to network and share ideas.

“These readers come and spend quality time with the authors. Some stay all day just to get in that face time and learn more about our industry, and they’re buying stacks of books, rather than just coming in for one and leaving,” Director of the Roanoke Author Invasion (RAI) Liz Long said. “Preparation for RAI begins almost as soon as the previous one is over, from scheduling dates and our vendors to opening up tables and working on the website for author pages.”

More than 75 authors from all over the country participated in last Saturday’s event. April Woodard, who was born in Salem, has written and published two books as part of The Aeon Chronicles Series.

Nicole Strycharz signing some merchandise for a fan.

“I was thankful I had my elevator pitch ready. I suggest that if an author plans to do an event like this, that they have one because you don’t want to stumble…

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