Laurens, S.C. – As a recently published author, Laurens resident Don Hocker is doing a few things differently, such as offering his book for free at his first book signing this Saturday afternoon at The Coffee Roost in Downtown Laurens.
It’s set for Saturday, Feb. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and if anyone goes for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while they wait to chat with the author, he’ll be picking up the tab for that as well.
“This has been a new and unique experience and a really good experience, and I want to share the book without making any money off it,” Hocker said.
Sadly, he can’t share the fun with his book’s namesake, Lucy, his long-time pet dachshund included in the title, “Just Me, Lucy, and the Lord: A 31 Day Devotional.”
The devotional book is the result of “the Lord tapping me on the shoulder,” Hocker said. “I would sit and read the Bible and write about what I was reading, and Lucy would sit with me during my devotionals in the mornings.”
At one point Hocker had considered writing a book.
“I had a start and a couple of chapters and hit writer’s block and shelved the idea, but then He came along and tapped me on the shoulder again, and I knew He wanted me to write a devotional book,” Hocker said. “So I contacted High Bridge Books, a Christian publisher in North Carolina, and the publishing process takes longer than you think it’s going to but they have been very good to work with.”
He said the format is similar to other devotionals with a scripture reading, sharing an experience that relates to the scripture and a prayer. His pastor, Rev. Daniel Eplee at First United Methodist in Laurens, surprised him by reading a passage from Hocker’s devotional one Sunday.
“Seeing the name in print is a little surreal and when Daniel shared that, I was really taken aback,” Hocker said. “I have had so much encouragement and I have been encouraged and blessed.”
The books have been out a couple of months, but this weekend’s event at The Coffee Roost is his first book signing. Otherwise, they also can be purchased from the Bookstore section of www.highbridgebooks.com and from Amazon.
But this weekend, there’s no upfront cost at all.
“It’s free and if someone is inclined to make a donation, that will be fine, and I will be taking all the donations and giving it to charity,” Hocker said.
This story was published on Page 2 of the Wednesday, Feb. 9 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser.