Reading Matters

Area novelists unite to sell, read, sign

L to R: Wright, Whalen, Marks, Callaway
L to R: Wright, Whalen, Marks, Callaway

How many writers does it take to launch a book tour? Ask Kim Wright. She’ll tell you it takes four.

Writers tend to be introverts and loners, she says. “We write in our pajamas, and we’re expected to be a marketing machine overnight!” United, she says, we feel more comfortable about elbowing our way into the marketplace.

So Wright, whose latest novel is “Last Ride to Graceland,” has joined forces with three other area novelists: Erika Marks (“Last Treasure”), Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (“The Things We Wish Were True”) and Joy Callaway (“The Fifth Avenue Artists Society”).

Authors Out of Carolina, as they call themselves, have rented Reid House, 134 John St., in Matthews, for their book launch, 2-4 p.m., Sunday. If you want to buy one of the novels – or all four at discount – you’re invited.

“We have 21 events scheduled,” says Wright. “We don’t think any of us could have done this on our own.”