Lisa Poche Calhoun
author of
Superflare: The Fortunate Ones

  An Author's Diary  
When I checked my Amazon reviews this morning I saw Superflare: The Fortunate Ones at the top of the page with this neat little "Best Seller" tag. Below is a snip from a screen shot. It's a long way from where I expect this book to eventually go, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
I had a wonderful day at my book signing that took place inside the first library I ever stepped foot in - the Lutcher branch of the St. James Parish Library. The crowd was amazing! Family showed up, I saw old friends, loved ones that are gifts from my first marriage, teachers who taught me in the past, and I met new friends, too. I appreciate everyone who took the time to come out and support me. I'm blessed beyond words!

My brother-in-law Bobby and my friend Deidre took pictures of me signing copies of my novel, Superflare: The Fortunate Ones:
  Photo credit Bobby  Photo credit Deidre  
  My hometown library also has a copy of my book. I'm honored. Since the Mississippi River cuts our parish (county) in two, they bought a second copy for the West bank's library, too. I'm honored.  
  Lisa Poché Calhoun - St. James Parish Library's copy   
Today I had a book signing at Every Occasion on Prairie Street in Winnsboro, Louisiana and I had a wonderful time. I've got two stories for you. First, a friend of a friend introduced herself to me online a couple of days before the Louisiana State Book Festival. She visited me at the festival this past weekend and bought a copy of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones, but had it signed for a friend. Today, she showed up at my book signing (a full hour from her home.) She said she took a peek inside the book and the story sucked her right in. She bought a copy for herself and gave me this incredible fruit basket she made. Such a kind gesture from a wonderful lady! Thank you Earnestine!

Second, the mother of a good friend came to the book signing. Ms. Amaryllis is another wonderful lady, through and through. I enjoyed seeing her again and I had to tell her that I hoped I looked as good as she does when I'm seventy....and she's eighty-five!
    Me and Earnistine. Me and Ms. Amaryllis  
The Franklin Parish Sun, a newspaper based out of Winnsboro, Louisiana printed this article in their October 25, 2017 edition. Here's a snapshot of it.
    Lisa Poché Calhoun - The Franklin Parish Sun  
What a day! Today was the Louisiana State Book Festival in downtown Baton Rouge by the State Capitol. The weather was a bit cool for my liking, but I didn't have long to think about it. I had a wonderful time talking with people and signing copies of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones. I ended up selling more than twice as many copies as I had dared hope.

Here's an image from the book festival's program and a picture my son took.
     2017 Louisiana Book Festival  
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It's official! After a conversations with both my husband and my publisher, the decision has been made: I'm not going to write the first Jack Butler book right now because I'm going to give my readers what they've been asking for - a sequel to Superflare: The Fortunate Ones. I already know what's going to be in it and I think it will please my readers. Poor Jack Butler has to move to a back burner, gone but not forgotten. I have a completed Jack Butler "corrupted outlines," effective for me, even if an English teacher would give me an F on it. I'll get to it one day.
I have two book signings scheduled and I'm sure there are more to come. I've launched the events page on this website so you can keep track of where I'll be making appearances. I'm a people person and I'm looking forward to meeting readers. Check my schedule and come on out!
John and I spent a month on the road, late August through late September. We enjoyed the down time, although I sold a lot of books while we were out there. We went to the AQHA Select World Show in Texas then spent nearly three weeks in southern Colorado. Part of that time was spent camping with bears. Yes, you read that right. I'm not so intimidated by them as I once was. When we tired of their escapades, John and I moved to the Inn in Cuchara. It was lovely, to the point we kept extending our stay. Taos, New Mexico was our next destination. I thought it would be arid, but it's not. It's a beautiful, quaint little mountain town. I loved the architecture in Santa Fe and I could feel the history there. One night we found ourselves in Roswell, New Mexico. It turned out to be a fun place. We had planned to go to Carlsbad because I've always wanted to see the caverns, but we found out the elevator was out. I have physical limitations so we decided we'd go check it out one day once they're back in order. We spent the last weekend of our trip with friends in New Braunfels, Texas before heading home. We had a wonderful time together and I sold out of books (and I had forty with me.) It's official: I like this gig as a novelist.
The first month Superflare: The Fortunate Ones has been on the market has been amazing! It has twelve reviews so far, ten on Amazon, one on Barnes & Noble and one on Goodreads, and they're ALL 5 star reviews! I'm on cloud nine. I knew I liked the book, the characters and the story, but it's nice to know that others are liking it, too. Readers have been telling me this novel has a big future. I've been guarded - scared to let myself believe it. Now I think they might be on to something.
We're up on the mountain and staying at the Inn in Cuchara, Colorado. This morning I got up and designed a bookmark to give away with Superflare: The Fortunate Ones. I think they came out well! 
  Superflare: The Fortunate Ones bookmark    Superflare: The Fortunate Ones bookmark back  
I ran into Terry Bradshaw at a horse show in Amarillo, Texas and gave him a copy of "Superflare: The Fortunate Ones" for his birthday. He's a kind, personable, humorous person. He and his wife Tammy have both told me they will read it.
  Lisa Poché Calhoun & Terry Bradshaw  Lisa Poché Calhoun & Terry Bradshaw  
Now that "Superflare: The Fortunate Ones" is published, John and I are heading out on vacation. We're going to travel for a few weeks and enjoy each other and life (without my nose stuck in a computer.) We'll often have Wi-Fi and/or data, but there will be times we'll be off-grid, too. The latter will be so relaxing. We truly appreciate good, trustful house sitters that take excellent care of our furbabies (and even send us video's of them) that allow this kind of trip to happen.
"Superflare: The Fortunate Ones" is published! The printed version is available on Create Space now ( and will be available on Amazon in print and Kindle soon. The Nook version will follow.
"Superflare: The Fortunate Ones" is ready to go. Its Library of Congress Control Number has been applied for and it has been registered with the United States Copyright Office. Once we get the LCCN, it'll get slapped onto the copyright page and the trigger will be pulled. Sometimes I feel like I have one delay after the other, but it'll all be worth it in the end.
Look at what I have in my hands today. *excited look* It's the first proof of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones! I was giddy when I opened the box. I felt like a child opening a much anticipated present. I think a joker packed it because I had to dig through a deep stack of crumpled brown paper to get to it. It was funny. I've worked on this book for years - just me sitting with my laptop, typing away, hidden from the world. To hold a printed copy in my hands was surreal. It's a very good day at the Calhoun house today!

Since this first proof was ordered, I've already found a few typos and some possession issues with a certain noun. I also awoke this morning knowing I had to add a paragraph. That was done right away, but obviously it's not in this printed version. It'll be in the next one.

I expect to order the second proof by the end of the month. I think the next printing will be for sale. Yep, I'm as excited as a little kid!
   Superflare: The Fortunate Ones - Proof 1  
Today I ordered the first proof of "Superflare: The Fortunate Ones." My publisher has told me it will take about a week to get here. It will be a very long week. I expect to have one or two more proofs before the novel is published. That pushes the date back into August.
The first children's book may have an illustrator. I'm very excited about this! I thoroughly enjoy writing them and this is a major step towards publication. I hope to make a series of these books. The first one is titled "The Missing Lucky Horseshoe." I wrote it with my granddaughter Victoria and it came out cute.
Time after time, when I've been asked for my business card, I haven't had one. I talk to people and they ask me what the name of my book is, or where they can find more information, where they can order a copy, and often how to pronounce and/or spell Poché. (It's pronounced Poh-shay. Don't google it without the accent aigu (é) over the E. The accent aigu makes the E sound like a long A.) I should have done this a long time ago, but finally have business cards. Today they came in. I'm very pleased with the front and will tweak the back, with my name and URLs on it, before the next order. If you see me in person, ask me for one. I'll be happy to give it to you!

Today has been a big day. My big baby, Superflare: The Fortunate Ones, has made it home from my editor safely. That was a relief. Then my wonderful editor sent me a picture of her book club and put my book on their reading list! That folks, is it exciting. It also says a lot. I'm one happy author right now!
I've heard from my editor and she's finished with Superflare: The Fortunate Ones. She has a hard copy and she has to ship it back to me. I'm not a worrywart, but I sure do hope this doesn't get lost in the mail! I hope to have it by the end of the week.
This evening I sat down and wrote Victoria's book. It's adorable. Three animal kids, an elephant, a horse and a cat, are best friends. Their favorite game to play is horseshoes, but one day they lose their lucky horseshoe. Don't worry, they find it because Victoria said it had to have a happy ending. It's written for beginner readers and it's got a good parenting moral to the story. I believe this is going to be the next book I publish, make it, that "we" publish. 
My granddaughter Victoria is seven years old and often tells me she wants us to write a book together. Today I asked her what she wanted to write about. We had a great conversation where we brainstormed together. The child was enthusiastic and only ten minutes later I knew I had to write this book. Stay tuned!
A printed copy of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones is finally in the hands of my editor. Now the patiently waiting starts. I'm excited and anxiously awaiting its return. Once that happens, we'll know exactly how many pages the book will have and we'll be able to tweak the cover to fit perfectly.
I'm forcing myself to get my head back into the game, albeit, not totally. Superflare: The Fortunate Ones is scheduled to be with my editor in the next few days. I have to polishing it a little.
My loved one was released from the hospital today and is doing well, considering. There's going to be about three months' worth of recovery, but the prognosis is excellent. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Life has intervened and I've had to turn my attention to a loved one's health. This is going to be an ordeal with a serious hospital stay and recovery. Please keep us in your prayers.
The release of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones has been delayed a because of good fortune. In the first chapter, the characters in the book are overhearing a television news report that lets them, and you, my reader, learn about the impending catastrophe that is threatening Earth. A little Space Weather jargon is included in that news report. My desire for this book to be accurate led me to look for a Space Weather expert to review the first chapter. Today NASA accepted that chapter for review. I am honored.
I've signed with Southern Oaks Publishing, LLC. They're a small publisher that fits my needs well. I want to be hands on through the publishing process and in return I'm not going to be standing on the sideline, watching, while giving up a huge percentage of the rights to my books. They're very personable people and I am happy.
Superflare: The Fortunate Ones has gone out to a handful of select advanced readers and the comments and reviews have been coming in. I knew I liked the book, but to hear them rave over it has me over the moon excited. I can't wait for you all to be able to read it.
It's amazing the difference between reading a manuscript on the computer where it was written and reading it on a different device or in print. I've been editing Superflare: The Fortunate Ones on my tablet. I did this novel a big favor by doing this. Now it's time to have some advanced readers catch typos for me. I'm excited to share it with them! I like the book, but it has been my baby for quite a while now. It's a little scary showing it to others.
I found the image I want for the cover of Superflare: The Fortunate Ones and bought full rights to it. I think it's going to look good and be eye catching. Now to design the cover completely. Fun, fun!
Today I hit a major milestone. I finished the line edit of the Superflare: The Fortunate One's manuscript. I like the book and I like that it tells the whole story, not just part of it. I'm pleased.
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