A teacher’s assistant from Morada will give a reading today of her debut novel exploring the prescient powers of a woman and her grandson at the Lodi Public Library.
Margie Vieira is the author of “Seeing Again: Through the Eyes of A Child,” which was released in August 2013. The novel is the story of a young boy adopted by his grandmother after the death of his parents. They both have the power to see certain events before they occur and struggle with the weight of that responsibility.
Behjat Kerdegari, a teen literature and reference librarian, said setting up public readings is something they like to do for local authors.
“Often these authors are self-published, so we don’t always know much about them,” said Kerdegari. “But we read her book, checked in with other venues she spoke at, and decided to invite her to speak.”
This realistic fiction book is unusual because it’s set mostly in Linden and Morada. The main characters attend Linden High School. A few scenes are set with characters walking down School Street in Lodi, or phoning the Stockton Police Department about a suspected murder.
Vieira began working on the book in 2009, at age 39.
“I’ve always been an avid reader. As a child I had lots of fun playing with stories, but I never went and sat down and wrote,” she said. Without literary connections to publishers or others in the industry, Vieira turned to professors and teacher friends to edit and critique her work in progress.
Before self-publishing the book, Vieira submitted her manuscript to several publishers.
“I played the game of queries and synopses, but I realized this is not for me,” she said. “I’m a country girl. I’m submitting all this and I don’t even know if I’m doing this properly.”
The novel was published by Strategic Book Publishing, and Vieira was pleased to retain a generous portion over the rights and royalties from her first book.
She is currently working on a sequel, but hopes it will stand on its own for readers who haven’t gotten through the first book.