20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration – Book Signing

To my wonderful readers!

If I missed you at the Folk Festival this year you will have another chance to pick up my newest book, The Dragon’s Whistle, at the 20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration on September 13, 14, and 15, 2018 at the Friedman Student Union at Northwestern State University. This year’s theme is “Struggles & Persistence – But Still We Rise”. 

It also sounds like it is going to be a great program if you have any interest in Louisiana history (and you should have).  Below is the agenda. We will have a table set up in the writer’s room where we will have a number of each of my books. They have a lot of stuff going on that sounds like it will be really interesting.  As a matter of fact, I canceled another appearance so that I could be at this one due to the subject matter. 

20th Annual Creole Heritage Celebration

“Struggles & Persistence — But Still We Rise”

September 13, 14, & 15, 2018

Thursday

1 PM – 6 PM           Meet & Greet, Registration, Entertainment, Prize Bingo

Friday

8-9 AM                  Welcome, Registration

9:00-10:15            How the Creole Heritage Center Got Started

10:15-10:30          Break

10:30-11:45          Showcasing Creole Organizations

11:45-1:00            Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15             Amedé Ardoin Project

 2:15-2:30            Break

2:30-3:45             What is Creole Music?

6:00-10pm            Banquet, Awards Ceremony, Keynote Speaker- Lt. Gen. Russel L. Homoré with appearances by Melissa Anderson, USA Ambassador Mrs., and Miss Louisiana Holli Conway. The awards ceremony will honor the winners of the annual Creole Peoples Award along with a special recognition.

Saturday

8:00-8:30             Welcome, Registration  

8:30-9:45             Creole Language

9:45-10:00            Break

10:00-11:15          First Cousins film & Creoles of South Louisiana book Discussion

11:15-1:00            Lunch on your own

1:00-2:15             Creole Cooking Demonstration

4:00                     Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on 5th St. in Natchitoches

7:00                     Creole Lady Sings the Blues: Annette Metoyer and the Guys

 

The New Middle Grade Book

Just a sneak peek at the new book cover. It will be available at the Natchitoches-NSU Folklife Festival, that I’ll also be attending and available to sign books, and then afterward autographed copies will be available through this website.

However, there’s so much neat stuff at the festival that I’d Highly recommend you attend. The cost is reasonable and there are bands playing all day, great food available, and inside the air-conditioned coliseum, there are craftsmen offering a lot of different items.

It is absolutely my most favorite event of the year and goes to support the NSU Louisiana Folklife Center, which is dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s unique history and crafts.

Come on out to the Natchitoches-NSU Folklife Festival.  I will be there Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 8:00 am until 5:00 PM.  I will be hosting a narrative on “Family and Folk History: The Best Sources for Stories” from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM.  Stop by and say hello, eat some great food, and listen to some awesome music.

I Was Wondering When I’d Get this Question…

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m from Louisiana, I lived in NOLA for a while,  and I used to visit NOLA at least once a year. My best friend and I would go down every year for a long weekend of carousing, eating, and to catch a football game.

In No’ Chance, the first book in the Noah Chance Series, the ultimate battle takes place in New Orleans, one of my top three cities in the world. In that battle, one of the “bad guys” is wearing an Atlanta Falcons helmet.

I was recently asked if I chose the Atlanta Falcons at random, because they’re in the same division as the Saints or if there is another reason.

This is one of the few easy questions my readers ask and the answer is, I have been a New Orleans Saints fans for as long as there has been a New Orleans Saints Team. I remember watching parts of games in their first year of playing and then I’ve watched every year since then, even in the paper bag years.

I made one of the bad guys an Atlanta Falcons fan because you can’t be a Saints fan and not dislike the Falcons.  It’s nothing against the city of Atlanta, the Falcons could move somewhere else and I’d still root against them. I don’t shop at Home Depot since learning the owner, Arthur Blanks, also owns Home Depot.  I never liked Deion Sanders and while I can tolerate Julio Jones, I have no doubt his performance would increase if he was with another team.

So, yes, the bad guy was an Atlanta Falcons fan simply because they should never be permitted with the city limits of New Orleans.

I remember on one trip to NOLA where we met up with a contingent of Carolina Panthers fans and had a good time at the game and then afterward.  Of course, that was in the days before Cam Newton but still, overall, the Panthers fans are alright.

So to Falcons fans, I appreciate you buying my books and that shows excellent taste on your part and if you ever want to be a Saints fan you’re welcome to join the ranks.

And now, for the best commercial ever on the Saints-Falcons rivalry:


Oh yes and 28-3!

 

Already at Work on the Next Books

Well, with the middle-grade book The Magic Toilet completed, it’s time to get back to my other writing projects. As most of you know, I don’t like to give too many details about the next books, but I decided I’d do something different and so I’m going to put little teasers on the website as I go.

As I’ve mentioned before, each of my books has a YouTube playlist which I listen to to get me in the mood for that particular bit of writing. I like to think of the book as a movie in my mind and the playlists serve as the soundtrack.

I’m going to be working hard on two books at once. One of them I started last year and have about 25k words written, so I’ve got another 50,000-75,000 words to go. The other one is the longest project I have, I’ve been working on it for ten years or more (off and on) and I have about 15,000 words completed although, for a change, I know how this one ends.

The first one is in the Weird Western genre and this is one of the songs on my soundtrack:

 

The second book is a legal thriller and this is one of my favorite songs to get me in the mood to write.  It is an oldie but a goodie: