NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Over noisy shopping carts and beeping cash registers Gwen Choate greets customers as they come into the Nacogdoches North Street Krogers.
" I never thought I would be doing this in a Kroger Store," the author said with a big smile on her face.
Choate, is one of two 'Meet The Author' guests at the Nacogdoches Kroger. She is learning all sorts of new things at age 90.
" I had to learn about Facebook and I had to Twitter and WordPress. I was dragged by the hills into the 21st century, you know," said Choate.
Thank goodness for it. Choate is inspiring adults and pre-teens through her newest book, 'The Sack'.
" It's about women being more important than they know and doing more things than they think they can. The sack really is a metaphor for when people say, ' You're inferior, you can't do this and you can't do that,' and it handicaps you and it's how she got out of the sack," explained Choate to a customer thumbing through the book.
Choate speaks from experience. As a young magazine editor she was forced to use male pen names on her numerous historic and romance novels. Back then publishers shied away from women authors.
" This is the first book that's been under my own name and thank heavens," expressed Choate.
Choate says it took her forever to realize there's nothing she can't do if she's meant to do it.
" Everybody has their right to be the best they can be and it was just time for me to know that and it took me a long time, but I'm glad I did," said Choate who has a blog at www.gwenchoate.com .
Today The Sack is nominated by Texas librarians for the 'Star Of Texas' award for best middle school book.
" I'm so glad you purchased this book. I hope you enjoy it," said Choate as she autographed a copy.
She provided one last explanation about her signature.
" There was a song called, ' Swinging On A Star' and I've got my name swinging on a star."
Gwen Choate and former Bluebonnet Book nominee author Nancy Robinson Masters of Abilene ( www.nancyrobinsonmasters.com ) will be at the Nacogdoches Kroger until 6 p.m. Friday night. They'll return on Saturday for book signings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. . Their books can be purchased online.