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YA-hoo Fest! on 9.29

Hey! If you’re in Chattanooga on 9.29, stop by this exciting festival to hear some amazing authors speak about their craft! Or, you can simply visit & hang out with me. I’ll be moderating Session 5: ‘Writers Talking Craft’ with Dave Connis, Randy Ribay, Maggie Thrash, and Jeff Zentner from 2:15-3pm that day. These are…

Working on a memoir

How does one write about their own life?   “One word at a time,” the sarcastic one says. “Follow a set bracket of time,” a wise one adds. “Start at a pivotal moment and detail the surroundings,” your neighbor tells you.   Pick up a pen and begin again what you already know.

New publication in September!

I hinted previously that there could be a new book coming down the pike this year. THERE IS!  It’s one I’ve had quite a fun time with, as it really defies classification. Here’s my best effort to label it –   an illustrated, Young Adult, Western novella set in 1880s Appalachia rather than, well, the West. a coming-of-age…

Monticello Beauty: a hometown meditation

Things which captivate me still, regarding my hometown, Monticello, Kentucky:   Blackberries growing along the edge of Sally Burnett Road Cheeseburgers simmering on Main Street’s Pool Hall grill Turtles stepping on one another to get pellets at Conley Bottom Resort Shane Blevins shooting a 3-pointer, the subsequent swish Cornbread recipes shared at Mill Springs Mill…

  Being an enigma is far from bad Every finger print differing for a reason Consider the differences in the Grand Canyon And Mount Everest Trenches and peaks falling and rising in varying proportions A cave remaining dark all day And snow lingering on precipices, up high A bat needing a home during daylight hours And man…

Event Pictures from Star Line Books – Swimming the Echo

Many thanks for the attendance at last week’s Q&A, Reading, & Signing at Star Line Books in downtown Chattanooga! It was a great return to that wonderful independent bookstore. Sharing Swimming the Echo and its construction with everyone was a fantastic time. The questions were thoughtful and welcomed! Hope to see you at the next…
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