I’ve gotten a few communications on my annual appearance at the Natchitoches/NSU Folklife Festival and whether I will have any new books there and I thought I’d do a short post.
We have an anthology we have put together of some older (pre-1920s) pieces concerning Louisiana as well as the poems from the collection I’m still working on. Also included in the anthology will be the full version of The Bottle Tree, which will also be available as a standalone book.
In addition, we are working to get a couple of other books together using pre-1920s works which we thought were interesting. Karren is coming across these while helping me do research for my novel, Louisiana, which is still a ways off.
Hopefully, I’ll also have the second book in the Junebug series completed. The title is Junebug and the Monkey. I’m about 25,000+ words into it (100 pages or so) but that’s only about a third finished. For some reason this books is fighting me as hard as I’m fighting it. As many of you know, I’ve always felt that the characters in my book come to visit and sit with me to tell their story but in this case they just won’t come to visit. Still, with any luck it’ll be ready for the festival which is July 15-16, 2016.
I hope to see all of you there!
As some of you know, I have several projects in the works. I am writing on the second book in the Junebug Series, Junebug and the Monkey, as well as the second one in the Noah Chance series, Second Chance. Both of these are progressing, although some slight changes in direction have delayed them a little as I go back and do some rewriting of sections so that I can be sure and maintain continuity.
I am also feverishly at work on Louisiana, a book on my native state's history which I hope to have finished and in print in time for the Natchitoches – NSU Folk Festival in July 2013. I have completed much of the research and am now 34 pages into it but, whew!, it is exhausting to write and actually have to fact check as you go.
If anyone has any questions about any of my books please drop me an email.
One question I have gotten is about The Bottle Tree but, no, I am not planning any follow ups to it. The Bottle Tree was a novel that turned out a little short but when I tried to add pages the new parts just didn't flow. There aren't likely to be an sequels because that book had a message and I think, from the feedback, it got the message across so I don't want to dilute that by doing a sequel.
I just finished doing a Skype teleconference with members of the Six Therapy Book Club in Abbeville, La. They had chosen Junebug and the Body to be their reading selection for this meeting.
That was a fantastic experience, the ladies asked some great questions, we had excellent discussions and a fun time. It is extremely flattering to know that people not only read the book but thought it was interesting and funny and were willing to take time out of their lives to visit with me about it.
Thanks to Freida, her sister Lucia, Mary Kay, Joyce, Angie, and expecially to Jessica, the host and the member who showed the phenomenally great taste in choosing the book, Junebug and the Body, for their meeting. (Ladies, please forgive me if I spelled any names wrong!)
I look forward to speaking with them again and hope they will be sure and friend me on Facebook and contact me through this website so we can stay in touch!
On a side note, it was especially cool for my first book club interaction to be in Abbeville, a town I visited a lot when I was younger. It made such an impression on me that one of the local grocery store, Robie's, even makes an appearance in an important scene in No' Chance!
Anyway, thanks again and I look forward to meeting these ladies in person!
What a great time at the Natchitoches NSU Folk Festival! There were tons of people that came by to visit, many of them who were familiar with the turpentine camp that I wrote about in The Bottle Tree and one gentleman had even been there and we talked about what it looked like! It turns out that my great Aunt who had first told me about the camp had taught him in school when he was a kid.
Many, many thanks to everybody that came by and special thanks to those of you who bought the books! We almost sold out of The Bottle Tree and quite a few people bought Junebug and the Body and No’ Chance as well.
I hope you enjoy the read and please let me know when you finish them.
We were invited back for next year so I’ll have to get to work and finish a couple more books to have there!