In an unprecedented event, my oldest brother, Maurice, and I are sharing the spotlight for a joint book signing and reading. He writes horror, fantasy, and steam punk, and I write… well… my book is about me, but I promise it’ll still be interesting! It’s a FREE event! And there will be snacks!

 

From a traditional press to an individual tapping away on a website, authorial siblings, Maurice Broaddus and Rohini Townsend will be discussing their very different writing journeys at their joint book signing, “Sibling Rivalry: Their Roads to Publishing.”

Maurice, a seasoned fantasy and horror author, will have copies of his newest and critically acclaimed books, Voices of Martyrs and Buffalo Soldier available for purchase and signing. His younger sister, Rohini Townsend, a toddler in the writing world, will be showcasing her first autobiographical work, Put Some Shoes On.

If you are a budding ink slinger, curious about the writing process, our just want to shake their hands, join them as they sign books and field questions. And there will be snacks!

Maurice Broaddus A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court trilogy. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.

Rohini Townsend From playing the violin to creating new cheesecake recipes, Rohini Townsend has been donned a Jane-of-all-trades by those she serves. Her varied background in arts, ministry and a myriad of other hobbies and gifts allows her to see the world through a colorful lens. Her passions lie in bringing people together and finding ways for people to identify value in each other. Ro is the visionary and CEO of GRoE, Inc., a community advocacy nonprofit that serves the near westside of Indianapolis. Ro recently completed her first book that is currently available for purchase entitled, Put Some Shoes On. In addition to working on her second book, she does freelance writing and editing for a variety of individuals and organizations.

PUT SOME SHOES ON

Transparency is vital to the building and strengthening of every relationship and every ministry. It allows people to see you as approachable and to feel safer when talking to you. Transparency is a gateway to trust, and trustworthiness is an important quality which people seek in a good, ministerial leader. They want to know:

-Is this person trustworthy?

-Is this person honest?

-How do I know I can talk to this person without fear of condemnation?

It is with this in mind that Rohini Townsend approaches writing, friendships, ministry, and life itself. Her desire to see people healed and whole has led to a candor and openness that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of the despondent.

Put Some Shoes On, is an emotional and gripping story of one little girl’s journey through heartache, rejection, abuse, and turmoil. Chronicling her path from scared child to broken, rebellious teen to powerful, anointed woman of God, the author shares the most intimate moments of her life with refreshing transparency and soul stirring honesty. It is not only a story of past hurts, it is a story of learning, growing and seeking a deeper relationship with God — the steps and sacrifices that are required for that level of depth and connection to the Father.

Raw, poignant, and insightful, Put Some Shoes On was written to heal. It was written with your salvation in mind. This is a story of overcoming and, while on that walk, discovering who you are, and more importantly, WHOSE you are. Every step you take was conceived in the mind of the Father to guide you towards recognizing the spiritual gifts He has placed in you. Be not weary in well doing. Do not allow your circumstances to define you. Do not be consumed by trials and heartache. Take your experiences and let God use them to mold you into a powerful Kingdom citizen. Put some shoes on and walk boldly in your Godly identity.