Join In on the Conversation For ‘Author Talks’ May 7 at the Donelson Branch Library
I would like to introduce a few friends of mine. You will get a chance to meet them on Saturday, May 7, as Donelson Branch Library introduces a new program called Author Talks: An Author Q&A Panel. Four local authors will be featured, and I will have the honor and privilege of moderating the panel.
Your input into our informal conversation about the craft of writing, the state of the publishing industry and other relevant topics is invited – and appreciated. The library is located at 2315 Lebanon Pike, and the doors will open at 10 a.m. sharp. The program is free and will last approximately two hours. We would love to see you at the inaugural event. So let me introduce the panelists:
Jaden Terrell – A Shamus Award nominee, Jaden is currently the president of the Southeastern chapter of Mystery Writers of America and past president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Sisters in Crime. The Jared McKean Mysteries series includes Racing The Devil, A Cup Full of Midnight and River of Glass, and Jaden has had numerous short stories published, including in the Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded anthology. Jaden lives in Donelson. Reach her at www.elizabethterrell.com
John Neely Davis – John’s historical fiction novel, Bear Shadow, was the 2014 winner of the Janice Keck Literary Award, given by the Williamson County Public Library. It was a prequel to his debut novel The Sixth William. Several of his short stories can be found in By Blood or By Marriage, an anthology from the Harpeth River Writers, and he also writes Western fiction short stories. John lives in Franklin. Find our more about John and his works at www.johnneelydavisauthor.com
Iscah – A Nashville native who spends a lot of time imagining other places. Iscah has also written three published fantasy books, Seventh Night, The Girl With No Name, and Horse Feathers, and a few unpublished ones. Iscah is editing Tomato Slices, an anthology of short stories, essays, poems, recipes, and artwork from nearly 50 creative minds. Check out Iscah at www.amoebaink.com
Blake Fontenay – A long-time journalist and columnist who now works for state government, his debut novel, The Politics of Barbecue, was well-received. He followed up with Scout’s Honor and also has a short story in the Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded anthology. Blake lives in Old Hickory. Click here to read more about Blake.
And if that’s not enough incentive to lure you out on a beautiful spring day, light refreshments will be served! See you Saturday.
Later this month: I will be attending my first Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. While there, I am doing a signing at Indy Reads Books on May 27 at 6 p.m. If you’re in Speed City for the race, I hope you’ll drop by the bookstore and say hello. And pass the word to your friends and family in the area.
Still no official word on the fate of Nashville for a fifth season, but fans of the ABC show will want to mark their calendars for the May 18 episode. Elton John will be a featured guest, and I was an extra in the crowd scene for his concert. It was supposed to be a secret, but the word got out and was confirmed by the show. The final episode of season 4 follows the next week, and promises to be exciting.
As always, thanks for reading.