The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

Authors at the YA-hoo Fest at Chattanooga State relax in the green room between panel sessions. Why are green rooms rarely green?

The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

One of the panels I took part in at the YA-hoo Festival at Chattanooga State over the weekend involved the writing process. Invariably, that discussion leads to “Where is the best place to write?” An upstairs room. A cruise ship. A coffee shop. The answers...
What you hear is what you get with COPYBOY

Stephen Usery and I record a COPYBOY interview for Memphis Public Library's Book Talk.

What you hear is what you get with COPYBOY

Audio engineers, if they so choose, can make just about any sputtering noise sound like a well-oiled machine. I have heard my stutter on a rebroadcast miraculously wiped clean of all its hesitations, prolongations and repetitions. It sounds much better, but it’s not...
Fact or fiction in COPYBOY? It’s all about the story

COPYBOY launch in Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center.

Fact or fiction in COPYBOY? It’s all about the story

The answer to how much of COPYBOY is “true” is a more difficult question to answer than the same question about PAPERBOY. I talked a little about this at the Knoxville launch of COPYBOY at the East Tennessee History Center, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County...
Where does a Copyboy find his voice?

Readers attend the COPYBOY launch in Memphis.

Where does a Copyboy find his voice?

Close friends and relatives state with a quizzical eye that I genuinely seem to enjoy crisscrossing the country to talk about my books. My answer is that I have never enjoyed anything as much. The book launch in Memphis for COPYBOY on July 31 is a good example. I did...
Perhaps an appropriate reading age is a matter of the heart

At the American Library Association Annual Conference with Pam Renfrow, center, and Mona Batchelor. Pam is manager, curriculum specialists at Britannica Digital Learning. Mona is librarian at McKenzie (Tennessee) High School.

Perhaps an appropriate reading age is a matter of the heart

The wonderful Alison Krauss sings this lyric that has always haunted me: “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” That phrase sifted through my head as I read Mona Batchelor’s review of COPYBOY on her blog, “The Hiking Librarian.” Mona is a school librarian from...
Three-city launch in Tennessee for COPYBOY

Novel, the bookstore, in Memphis' Laurelwood Shopping Center.

Three-city launch in Tennessee for COPYBOY

COPYBOY, the sequel to PAPERBOY, is launching across the state of Tennessee in the coming weeks. Readers in West Tennessee have a chance to attend a book talk in Memphis where the story begins; East Tennessee readers can hear about the new book at my author talks in...