Advance Copies Arrive!


I’m looking at my advance copy of A SEASON OF DARKNESS.  Though I’ve read the manuscript so many times I think I can recite it, it’s only now, as I’m holding the finished product in my hand, that it finally feels like a real book – and I am suddenly aware of what a heavy thing it is to write about this tragic and well-known murder mystery.  I think the book will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of Nashvillians.  It is my hope – and Doug’s, too, I know – that the story we have written will be well-received by those close to Marcia Trimble’s family and neighbors.  

We will launch the book on December 9 at 7:00 at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills.


My day job is teaching English. Since 2002 I have served on the English faculty at Nashville State Community College, where I have taught courses in composition, literature, and creative writing. I am editor of the literary magazine, Tetrahedra. I earned my B.S. in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received my M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, where the graduate program offered both creative thesis and scholarly thesis options. I submitted a creative thesis, a 90-page collection of stories entitled Listen to Me. Most of the stories have been published in literary journals and/or have received awards. My writing career spans three decades. My history of publication includes both fiction and nonfiction. I have published two novels and more than thirty stories and articles in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. It was an honor for me when one of my stories appeared in HomeWorks in 1996. The anthology was a collection of works by Tennessee writers living at that time, including Alex Haley, Robert Penn Warren, and Peter Taylor. The highlight of my writing career occurred when I received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Award in Fiction for 2006. Other writing achievements include the Leslie Garrett Fiction Prize awarded by the Knoxville Writers Guild, Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Story First Place Award, and the North Carolina Writers’ Workshop First Place Award in Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, I received a Pushcart nomination for my story, “Primates,” which was published in Bellevue Literary Review. My most recent award came from the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, the 2008 Creative Nonfiction First Place Award for my essay, “In the Car with Mother on Christmas Eve.” I am a founding member of the Tennessee Writers Alliance and served on its Board of Directors for ten years, including two terms as president and one as chair of the Board.

4 thoughts on “Advance Copies Arrive!

  1. Ken Dicus

    I just read your short story about Aunt Marie. It brought back a lot of memories. I can still remember pushing you in the swing in our front yard on Eagle Creek. Also remember you being a little irritable about being away from home. I just got your new book from Amazon and read a few chapters. Good luck with all the book signings.

    • phyllisgobbell

      I was delighted to find your comment! Seems most of the posts are SPAM that I have to delete (thank goodness I can approve or not), but every now and then I get a surprise. Had a comment from Brenda Collie Rose recently. I have written several stories about Mother. There are probably at least 3 on my website. I took some time for “true crime” but I enjoy most writing about my family. I will e-mail you!

  2. Bob Horner

    Thanks for feedback. When and where can we get autographed copy of “Season?” Great Christmas present for my wife. We were young marrieds in an upstairs apartment of a Green Hills house (Hillsboro Road area) when the Trimble disappearance and murder took place. Will never forget choppers in the air that night and searchlights from above scanning the woods behind our house.
    Not sure how you resolved this, but I went to school with discredited former policeman and now attorney Larry Felts, and would tend to give credence to his contribution to the trial.
    All best . . .

    • phyllisgobbell

      I’m glad you found my website. I hoped to hear from people who remember the case. Due to Davis-Kidd’s closing, which is so sad, we are now scheduled to launch the book at Borders, Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:00. Hope to see you there or at one of the other two signings – Mysteries & More or Sherlock’s Downtown. I’ll continue to post updates on my website.

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