12:30 PM12:30

Clermont County Library - Writer's Festival

5920 Buckwheat Rd
Milford, OH

The staff at Milford Branch of Clermont County Library couldn't have been nicer hosts for their Local Author Book Fair. It's a lovely library which, (as you probably know) pleases this ex-librarian no end.

But the best part of the day was meeting Leslie McDonald who wrote the charming little book MUSINGS OF A HORSE FARM CORGI. Read this several years ago when the breeder who sold us Dobby the Norgi loaned it to us. It's on Amazon--you might want to buy it. Corgis are magic, you know.

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1:00 PM13:00

Lakemont Neighborhood Book Club

Lakemont Clubhouse

The Lakemont neighborhood book club said they were happy to have the writer at their discussion of VIRAL. I hope I let them know just how thrilled I was that they chose and read my book as well as having a lively and insightful discussion about it and all things writerly. I answered as best I could! About as much fun as ANY scribbler could have...what a fantastic and intelligent group of women!

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6:30 PM18:30

Gloria Dei Men's Reading Group - Viral

Crestview Panera

2911 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY

Had the BEST time with the guys from the Men's Reading Group on a fiercely cold and snowy evening. We poked and prodded VIRAL every which way, and they wanted to know about my prowess with firearms (none). But I can write about 'em. Very gracious and appreciative of my little novel, they deserve kudos for coming out in such dreadful weather to discuss it with intelligence and humor.

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12:30 PM12:30

Another book club reading RUNNING

It’s gratifying to know that people are still interested in the first novel.

I was given a warm welcome at another Northern Kentucky book club. We had a lively discussion about obsessions and families and why Keith behaved the way he did.

Some excellent ideas and fun disagreements!

Best of all, I met a Colombian lady who was intrigued by my Cartagena references and discovered she was born in Barranquilla where we once taught.

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9:00 AM09:00

Kentucky Book Fair

Alltech Arena - Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington, KY

I enjoyed meeting readers, signing books, and chatting with other writers. Such Kentucky greats as Silas House, Wendell Berry, and Crystal Wilkerson were there too. It was a wonderful day.

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9:00 AM09:00


Gloria Dei Craft Fair

2718 Dixie Hwy, Lakeside Park, KY

Copies available.

Had a great time selling and signing books at the Gloria Dei Craft Fair. Several people bought copies to give as Christmas gifts. Yay!

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Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

From Facebook - Back from the conference with writing batteries fully charged! The physical ones are a little depleted, however. Up this hill and down the next--guess that's why they call it the MOUNTAIN Heritage Literary Festival.
Some interesting reactions to the piece I read from the new novel. One guy said, "You stand up there with your sweet smile (he graciously refrained from saying 'and your old face') and we're expecting Christmas cookie recipes from Mrs. Claus. Then you read this dark, horrific stuff."  

Well. I guess I need to look more edgy. Tatoos? Piercings?

Complete account - JT is being modest in not telling the whole story. With somewhat grudging approval, here goes. The opening scene of the novel concerns a terrorist aboard an international flight. He has been purposely infected with a highly contagious variant of hemorrhagic flu. It details how he spreads his mucous and saliva among the passengers. 

Imagine the surprise that this was met with laughter from the audience. Discussing this with others after the fact elicited the incongruity mentioned above. It was also considered, "Whistling through the graveyard." The other readings got polite clapping, but JT's was received with very nearly thunderous applause along with some hooting. 

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