The Big and the Small of it

Speaking is a part of the writing life. Initially I thought I would speak to larger and larger audiences as I became better and better known.  Two events this past weekend show how wrong I was! On Friday, October 31, I joined forces with illustrator Will Hillenbrand and Richmond Symphony Orchestra flutist Evelien Woolard to… [Read More]

Wicked Jack, a Classic Halloween Tale – Presented Live Friday, October 31st at 1:00p.m.

Being a native of North Carolina, I love the colorful folktales of Appalachia that have been passed on from generation to generation. “Meaner than a rattlesnake” Wicked Jack was one of my favorites. Some say this folktale explains the origin of Halloween jack-o-lanterns!  I “dug around’ to find as many retellings of this folktale as… [Read More]

Wicked Jack iBook Released!

Thanks to the talented illustrator Will Hillenbrand, Wicked Jack is back in time for Halloween!!  I am excited to announce that Wicked Jack (no longer available in a print edition) is now available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. The price is $2.99, and you can… [Read More]

Questions From Kids #1: How Long Did It Take You to Finish Your First Book, Wicked Jack?

It took me three weeks plus 10 years. I first heard the story when I was in Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago in 1975 and it made me laugh. Ten years later (and by that time I was married with four children!) it popped into my mind and I started wondering if… [Read More]

Jack is Back!

You just can’t keep a bad man down.  Connected, as he is to Halloween (ever wonder where the term “jack-o-lantern” came from?), October is Wicked Jack’s favorite month and he was invited back to Indiana by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.  What were they thinking???  Aren’t symphonies stuffy organizations?? Evidently not!  Five woodwind players from the… [Read More]