Receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother to a few grand puppies, Lincolnton resident Paulette Ballard can now add author to the list. She had her first book published about four weeks ago through Creekside Publishing Company in Lincolnton.
So far, the feedback has been positive and those who have purchased her Unforgettable Moments haven’t been able to put it down, she said.
The 65-year-old was inspired by a friend she was having lunch with a few years ago, who was telling her about something that happened that she would never forget (as long as she lived.)
That comment set off an idea.
Ballard decided that would be the question to be answered in her book; she would ask friends and strangers what event has proven unforgettable in each of their lives.
Luckily, she isn’t one to shy away from crowds and loves meeting new people.
“I’ve been told I can talk to a stick,” Ballard said.
She started with those closest to her and then started chatting with strangers in public places — lines at the grocery store, or next to her playing the slots in Las Vegas, Ballard asked anyone who would listen.
Her advice for new authors: be persistent, do your homework, get advice from the experts and have a husband like her’s, she joked. Her husband, Bobby, was her support system and gave her the honest feedback she needed to get the book where she wanted it to be, she said.
“One of the most important lessons I learned was to really investigate publishing companies,” Ballard said.
Her next book signing will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, at Fatz in Lincolnton.
She is currently working on her second book, I Can’t Believe I Did That.
For more information on upcoming events and her books, visit www.pauletteballard.com.