JACKSON TWP.  Dorrie Cable, owner of Dorrie’s Booktique in the Lake Cable Plaza, likes to support local authors. She has held several book signings in her bookstore since taking it over a few years ago.

"We’ve had some great authors who have had long lines for their books in the store which a few of the books have created intellectual debates," Cable said.

Another way she has committed to helping local authors was by holding an author’s fair on Sept. 20. Nine local authors set up outside the store during the evening to sell and sign books. All of the authors are part of an author’s group called The Write Stuff.

The writing support group was founded by Don Ake who has written and published two humor books in the past few years. Ake and Cable both wanted to provide a way for local authors to sell books, talk to readers and promote themselves. They came up with the idea for the Author Fair.

There were nine authors at the event including Don Ake with his book "Will There Be Free Appetizers?" Others included:

- Roger Gordon with his books "Cleveland Cavaliers A-Z " and "The Cleveland Browns A-Z"

- Liza Brown "The Point Guardian"

- Michael Kiggans "The Funeral Plan"

- Craig May writing as Corwin McCloud "The Horrible Hand"

- Trang Moreland with "Just Smile and Say Hello"

- Don Abbott "The Snarky Gardener’s Veggie Growing Guide"

- S.T. Hoover "Michael Redding A Dencom Thriller"

- Faryl with "questionMark."

"We started The Write Stuff support group a year and half ago and we have 25 members," Ake said. "The purpose of the group is to help writers become better writers. We critique the writer’s writing and come up with suggestions for improvement. Dorrie has been great supporting local authors and this event was great for the authors and for the bookstore."

Michael Kiggans is a member of the group even though he lives 20 miles south of Marietta and drives up for the meetings. His book, "The Funeral Plan" has won a two finalists spots from the Indie Book Awards. He said it took him six years to write.

"I’ve always wanted to be a writer and when I was working full-time in California, I decided to start writing the book," Kiggans said. "It is a novel that takes place in an area west of Massillon. I have three more manuscripts I’m working on getting published."

All of the author’s books can be found online at amazon.com and barnsandnoble.com.