Debut Tallahassee author attracts following

Pam Mahr accepts a signed copy of “Far Outside the Ordinary.” Photo available for purchase

Pam Mahr accepts a signed copy of “Far Outside the Ordinary.”

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

It is far outside the ordinary for Dale Julian of Downtown Books to rave about a newly self-published author, but that’s what happened.

On Saturday afternoon, Downtown Books was crowded with readers eager to meet Julian’s latest pick, Prissy Elrod, first-time author of a memoir “Far Outside the Ordinary,” dealing with her husband’s struggle with cancer.

During a routine check-up, her husband learns he has less than a year to live, and suddenly, Elrod finds her world transformed when caregivers move into her home and become important players in her everyday life.

Julian describes Elrod’s story as “fearlessly honest. It’s very specific to Tallahassee but also very universal. I thought it was a great book.”

Julian said several local authors attended the book signing and several exchanged books with Elrod. Apalachicola Library Board members Susan Clementson and Carrie Kienzle were on hand.

Clementson bought a hardbound copy for the library. “They were all singing your praises, so I had to buy one,” Kienzle told Elrod.

Elrod said she invested three years into writing the book, two spent reading and learning how to write.

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