Local residents will receive a special treat tonight, May 5, when fictional writer Brandon Hebert will arrives to hold a book reading and signing at the Vernon Parish library.


Local residents will receive a special treat tonight, May 5, when fictional writer Brandon Hebert will arrives to hold a book reading and signing at the Vernon Parish library.
At 7 p.m., Hebert will read an excerpt from his newest work "My Own Worst Enemy" and will then spend some time greeting his audience and autographing copies of the book.
"I am looking forward to the signing," Hebert said. "Howard Coy, the library director, has been extremely responsive in accepting me and allowing me to hold the signing at the library."
Hebert hails from Abbeville, located 20 miles south of Lafayette, and traces his love of writing back to his childhood years. "I had always written short stories and other things mostly for myself," he explained. "Like most young boys, I had dreams of being James Bond, so I would write spy stories, adventure stories featuring soldiers, astronauts and whatever else I could think of. No one saw them except for me."
As he grew older, Hebert's passion grew stronger until in 2005 he decided to focus his efforts on becoming published.
"I wrote short stories and got them published in order to build a publishing resume and then I put pen to paper on a novel and this book is what came out of that."
"My Own Worst Enemy" follows lead character Jack Murray as he deals with the dark underworld of Miami on a path to become something better in Hebert's twisting crime story.
Of the many topics that he could have chosen, Hebert explained that he chose to write crime fiction to suit his skills.
"I think a step to being a good writer is knowing your limitations, and I think that writing crime fiction is something that I am good at," he said.
While his writing genre may be defined as crime fiction, Hebert believes that his stories incorporate far more than many would think. "The story is about human relationships, and everyone knows something about that. Themes of trust and loyalty are universal. Crime is just a convenient backdrop that allows for the enhancement of the drama."
While at the library, Hebert will discuss withhis listeners the writing process and the work that goes into becoming a published author.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting the people of Vernon Parish and sharing my work with them," he said.
More information on Hebert can be found at his website, brandonhebert.com.