It Must be the Shoes

Published October 11, 2016 by rochellewisoff

 At the Ozarks Writers League conference in August, I left my purple high-top Converse sneakers at home, opting for sandals instead. How was I supposed to know my agent, who was a speaker that weekend, had told an editor about my colorful shoes?

“You have to wear those shoes,” said Jeanie , with her sweet Southern drawl. “They’re your trademark.”

Thank You, Jeanie!

With Jeanie Loiacono

There’s no denying it. Those tennies are a conversation starter and comfortable to boot.  In that vein I solemnly promised to wear them to all conferences and book signings.  

September 17 I wore them to my class reunion where I was encouraged to set up a book table.  Not only did I enjoy connecting with old friends, ten of them bought books.


Can you spot me? My shoes?


Back in the day.

The following week I had a book table at the Heritage Festival in Independence, Missouri. I enjoyed meeting people of different ethnicities. However, it turned out to be a very hot day with not-so-hot attendance.


Last Friday night we went to an art fair to watch a good friend of ours perform. While listening to Br. John Anderson and his accompanist, Rick Cole, I perused handmade jewelry in a nearby booth.

With Br. John Anderson

With Br. John Anderson

The gentleman minding the shop for his wife asked about my attire which, of course, included my purple footwear. “I’m interested in how people dress for art fares,” he said. “Is this how you dress for them?”

I explained that I was also an artist and an author.  “This is pretty much how I dress most of the time.”

“Really? What do you write?”

“Historical fiction.” 

“Can I find them on Amazon?”

“I have two in my bag.” I grinned and whipped out a copy of Please Say Kaddish for Me and one of From Silt and Ashes. “They’re first and second in a trilogy.”

He handed me a twenty-dollar bill and had me sign Please Say Kaddish for Me to him and his wife.

I’ve learned three important lessons this past year: Keep books on hand, keep the Square in my purse to take credit cards and always wear the shoes!


26 comments on “It Must be the Shoes

  • What great stories — and what great shoes! I used to have a pair of bright orange Converse high-tops that I wore everywhere and I loved them. Actually I still have them, but they’re in the back of my closet, so worn to pieces I wouldn’t dare wear them. Now I’m wondering why I never bought another pair. Hm, there’s an idea!

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    • Dear StepHonie,

      What a sweet thing to say. The shoes are an ice breaker though. I’m not the best at starting a conversation. As for the back in the day photo, it’s from my senior year book. There were four or five of us in the picture showing how girls were dressing since the dress code had just changed. Once that happened I rarely wore dresses to school. Wow, that’s three form of ‘dress’ in two sentences. I need an editor. 😉



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    • Dear Hilary,
      Perhaps one day we’ll meet at one of those literary festivals. One of my dreams is to visit your side of the ‘pond.’ At any rate, I appreciate your visits to my blog. Thank you.




  • Rochelle,

    I love the shoes and your ability to defy convention. I had a corporate job for years. I liked to wear men’s ties as an acessory, as I moved into management positions not sure if my bosses liked it so much. I had a pair of bubble gum pink desert boots that I wore on our dress down days. They were so much fun.


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    • Dear Cindy,

      As you can see by my little HS picture, I always was a bit of nonconformist. I guess it’s the artist. I love the image of the bubble gum pink boots. I have a pair of ballet pink high tops also. Good on you and the neckties. Always good to find a kindred spirit. Thank you for reading and commenting. 😀



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    • Dear Claudia,

      Your comment gives me a smile. I’m so glad you liked my book. A little favor, if you haven’t, would you mind repeating that in the form of a review on
      Thank you so much for coming by with those affirming words.




  • That’s great. Always have to have a signature look! I have been waiting to order your books because of our move and now I am waiting for bookcases which will arrive in November. All of our many books are still in boxes because we had built-in bookcases at our old house. I finally broke down and downloaded the kindle app (Amazon is always my last resort). I’m going to go and get the eversion of your books if they are available.

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