Using the social hall at the St. Marys Catholic Church, the Reynoldsville Public Library hosted its annual author luncheon on July 18.
This year’s author was Rebecca Drake of Pittsburgh who discussed her latest novel Just Between Us.
The novel is a thriller that is set in Sewickley near Pittsburgh.
“I find the crime that happens in small towns and seemingly idyllic communities much more interesting than the expected places like cities,” she told those in attendance during a question and answer period with Reynoldsville Librarian Karl Rebon. She later took questions and comments from the audience.
Drake said she has been writing since an early age and it was the encouragement she received in middle school and her natural curiosity that helped her to choose her path as a writer.
A graduate of Penn State with a degree in journalism, Drake had several different jobs in the writing a field before being published.
When asked about why she chose the crime fiction genre, she responded, “A lot of people turn to crime fiction because they want to see justice done in a way we don’t—we don’t always get the answers to that in real life.”
The luncheon is an annual fundraiser for the Reynoldsville Public Library.
“I want to promote reading in our town,” Rebon said. “I also like to bring a cultural event here instead of people having to travel to the larger areas.”
Sponsors for this year’s luncheon included Farmers National Bank, Rosie’s Book Shop, S & T Bank, and Niagara Cutter.
Businesses who provided prizes included Main Street Pizza, Millertech, Broken Roads Restaurant, Annie’s Hometown Restaurant, George’s, and Sub Hub.