TV Interviews and Newspaper Stories

July 24th. 2018

It’s crazy that these books are picking up so much steam and resonating with not only readers–but reporters! Thanks to the fantastic Longview News Journal story about Harmon General (and its author) television stations have invited me in to talk about Texas history, the World War II years, and why it’s important to keep these milestones from our collective story alive for a new generation. If we don’t know our story, how will we ever see how far we’ve grown or the debt we owe our grandparents? There was a time when people didn’t think twice about doing good for the greater good. We’ve lost some of that spontaneity and zest, but it’s not entirely gone. If reading about what others have accomplished spurs us on, isn’t that the point of storytelling?

Me and Joe Lansdale

July 19th. 2018

Well, Joe Lansdale doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to be sitting next to me at a book signing at the Bookstore in Kilgore next month. I’m sure he’d be thrilled, if only he knew. I actually am thrilled because he’s the Faulkner of East Texas. He writes with grit and poison, exposing both the stains of humanity and the thin thread of hope to make life (our culture) better. I’m currently reading his novel, The Bottoms, which pulls back the curtain on life in 1930s East Texas–before oil flipped this place on its head.

If you want to meet Joe Lansdale (also famed for many other novels, screenplays, and TV series) come to Kilgore, August 22nd from 2-4p. He’s written a new book with his daughter and they’ll be signing their books, and I’ll be there with mine.

Here’s the link to the bookstore so you can find your way:

https://thekilgorebookstore.com

Newspaper Features Harmon General (and me!)

July 19th. 2018

So thrilled to open my local paper on Sunday and discover this feature about the new novel, Harmon General, and, well, me.

 

https://www.news-journal.com/features/lifestyle/author-uses-fiction-to-tell-longview-area-s-story/article_a078bbca-7bdc-11e8-a1c5-a3d3f1999c40.html

WWII, the 4th of July, and Me

July 3rd. 2018

With so much confusion, misinformation, anger, and attack in our media and social media our American culture has been battered, and quite bruised. I’d be willing to bet a frightening number of citizens under the age of 40 couldn’t define what the culture or constitution is, much less articulate what it is that makes American significant. After the win of World War II (a war most Americans never wanted our country to enter) our national pride was at an all time high, and our persona internationally was highly revered. Since then, we’ve been on a downhill spiral and I hope 2018 is rock bottom. It’s not that I want hubris and nationalism to prevail, but I would like to see Americans set aside their disagreements to look at our country and culture to remember the American Ideal–a hope and freedom that is incredibly rare–and recognize how fragile our republic is. If we don’t protect this idea that all men/women are free, and the system that guarantees that, then we risk losing our liberty.

On the occasion of the 4th of July, let’s agree to disagree about the things that divide us, and celebrate the things we have in common. We are blessed beyond measure. We are free to live, dream, and build without oppression from our government. And we are only on earth for a short while, so let’s be good guardians of what we’ve inherited.