The January 2015 edition

Let’s all go to the library

Readers need writers and writers need readers. In a nutshell, that’s the relationship between authors and readers. We want people to read the works we sweat over, and lovers of the written word are always looking for something new to thrill, chill, love, learn from or to be swept up and taken to new places, new worlds where they’ve never been.

One place we’ve all been to is a library. And we – authors and readers – will all be getting together on January 29 for the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art Bellevue Branch Library.You can read the full press release about what libraries mean to us here.

BELLEVUE LIBRARYBellevue is finally getting the library it has long deserved, and I am proud to be among 10 Nashville authors who will help dedicate this magnificent facility – a gleaming 25,000 square foot building that will includes meeting space, a large computer space with 50 public use computers, areas for children and teenagers, a reading porch and outdoor classrooms and even a walking path.

Mayor Karl Dean will lead the 10 a.m. grand opening ceremonies that will feature both Bellevue and Nashville dignitaries. But those ceremonies wouldn’t be complete without the presence of several Nashville authors whose works are featured in the library. Here are the other authors who will appear at the Bellevue Library’s grand opening.


Steven Womack, who has published a dozen mostly Nashville-based novels, winning an Edgar Award for Dead Folks’ Blues and a Shamus Award for Murder Manual. Steven’s latest novel is Resurrection Bay (2014), and it was written in collaboration with New York City-based screenwriter Wayne McDaniel.

Alana White, whose historical mystery The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, was a Silver Falchion Award Finalist at Killer Nashville 2013.

Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award nominee who writes the Jared McKean series, including the just-released River of Glass.

Andrew Maraniss is the author of the well-received book about Vanderbilt basketball, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb is a children’s author whose middle-grader (ages 10-14) fantasy debut, The 13th Sign (2014), was called “the ultimate astrological fantasy” by Kirkus Reviews.

Tracy Barrett is a YA author whose new book “The Stepsister’s Tale” is a re-imagining of the classic “Cinderella” story from a different angle.

Phyllis Gobbell is the author of a mystery series that debuts with Pursuit in Provence, Spring 2015. She co-authored An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow (the Janet March case), and A Season of Darkness with Doug Jones (the Marcia Trimble case).

Chester Campbell has three series, including two set around the Nashville area (five Greg McKenzie mysteries, two Sid Chance PI novels) and three Post Cold War political thrillers. He he recently moved to Bellevue.

Lisa Wysocky has two equestrian mysteries The Opium Equation (2011) and The Magnum Equation (2013) among her many award-winning books. One she co-authored  was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie Front of the Class.


MANCHESTER ONEI was at the Coffee County Manchester Public Library on January 17 with 19 other authors including Trevor Cooley, Jackie Duncan, Teresa Hall, Samuel Hawkins, D.L. Holliday, Heard Lowry, Elena Parton, Weldon Payne, Chuck Schumacher, R.D. Sherrill, Jason Tate, Thomas Vaughn, Alana White, Wayne R. Wolford, Judith Yates and Alisha Yockey. I knew many of the authors, and got to make a lot of new writing buddies. It was a great event, one I hope to return to in years to come. Please support a library near you.

AdamsPlace OneI also had a wonderful time speaking to AdamsPlace Book Club members in Murfreesboro. I had lunch with them, answered questions about the book and swapped a few stories. All in all, it was a fun afternoon. If you would like me to come meet with your group, please get in touch by leaving a message in the comments box at the bottom of the page and I will get back to you.


My other exciting news for 2015 is that I have partnered with the Tennessee Literacy Coalition to combat illiteracy in the state.

Here is their – and now my – Mission Statement: The Tennessee Literacy Coalition supports and promotes adult learning, transforming the lives of adults who seek to enhance their fundamental use of language – to read, write, communicate, and ultimately to succeed.

As an author, I feel compelled to do what I can to help people improve their reading skills. We tell stories and open doors to the imagination that might otherwise be closed.

If you donate $20 (or more) to the non-profit, you will receive a free copy of Vendetta Stone. In March, I will be speaking at their statewide conference. It’s an important issue that all too often gets overlooked and needs your support. Call 259-3700 for information.

Thanks for reading.


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