Thanks to the Knoxville Writers Guild for the opportunity to enter the Leslie Garrett Fiction Contest. My story, “A Family Meeting,” won First Place. The Knoxville Writers Guild is an active group who promote writing in many ways, and the contest they sponsor every year in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and other categories has meant a lot to me through the years!
“A vacation in Provence turns deadly. . . . Gobbell’s debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters . . .” – Kirkus Reviews
“. . . A twisty tale of treachery. Phyllis Gobbell’s debut suspense novel is distinguished by authentic characters and a glorious evocation of Provence.” – Carolyn Hart, author of Don’t Go Home, recipient of Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award
” . . .a delight! With Jordan Mayfair, Phyllis has given us a protagonist who will resonate with every woman who’s ever lived with love, loss, and struggle, and managed to triumph over it all. Add in an exquisitely intricate plot, a quirky and appealing supporting cast, and all the flavor of the French countryside, and you’ve got a winner! So uncork a nice Semillon and enjoy this one.” – Steven Womack, author of By Blood Written, Edgar and Shamus award winner
Read about the opening of the new library in Bellevue. This was part of The Tennessean article this week:
The grand opening festivities at the new Bellevue branch library at 720 Baugh Road, at 10 a.m. Thursday include a ribbon cutting with Mayor Karl Dean, music, food and children’s activities. There also will be a dedication of the two newest additions to Nashville’s Public Art Collection: “Great Beginnings,” an outdoor sculpture by Beverly Stucker Precious, and “Rise Above,” an indoor piece by Bellevue area resident Brenda Stein that features 90 carved birds soaring through the center of the building.
There will be biscuits from Loveless Cafe and appearances through the day by 10 local authors. Attending the 10:30 a.m. session are Phyllis Gobbell, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Alana White, Steven Womack and Tom Wood. The 6 p.m. session will include Tracy Barrett, Chester Campbell, Andrew Maraniss, Jaden Terrell and Lisa Wysocky.
The new Bellevue branch is five times larger than the 30-year-old library it replaces. It will have Monday and Wednesday story times, and has lots of “learn while you play” spaces for little ones as well as the comfy Studio NPL for tweens and teens. It also has 26 public computers (plus laptops and iPads you can check out), vending machines with snacks and coffee and soda, a walking trail, a reading porch, and an interactive Bellevue history wall where you can learn about the area’s geography and history.
The new library is located at 720 Baugh Road in Bellevue, less than a half mile from the old Bellevue Library. Contact the library at 615-862-5854.
I have just signed my contract with Five Star Mysteries, the wonderful publisher who has accepted Pursuit in Provence. The book is a traditional mystery or a cozy if you will, set in the South of France. I am working on the second book in the series set in Ireland. Thanks to Alana White, another Five Star author, for putting in a good word for me with the acquisitions editor, whom I met at Killer Nashville. More about Pursuit in Provence as we get closer to the pub date.
The Deadly Sins episode about the March case ran tonight at 8:00. It will run several more times, including Sunday at 3:00, on the ID channel. Includes interviews with Tom Thurman, Katy Miller, Pat Postiglione, and me. The actors did a great job with the re-enactment. It was a good show!
Deadly Sins will air an episode about the March case on the Investigation Discovery channel, Jan. 26. I was interviewed a few months ago about An Unfinished Canvas and maybe out of 2 1/2 hours of shooting, they will get a couple of good clips! I understand that Asst. D.A. Tom Thurman and Sgt. Pat Postiglione were also interviewed. If you haven’t seen Deadly Sins, it’s a show that mixes re-enactment and interviews. I hope you’ll watch!
I am happy that Zone 3 has published my short story, The Major’s Wife. Thanks to Fiction Editor Barry Kitterman and all who work on this fine journal.
Check out a new anthology entitled Masters of True Crime: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre. The true-crime anthology, available in bookstores and Amazon, includes narratives by more than a dozen writers. I contributed “Lost Innocence: Murder of a Girl Scout,” and Doug Jones has written “Escape from Fort Pillow.” Let me know what you think!
Save the date of the SFB: the weekend of Oct. 14-16.
Please join Doug Jones and me on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1:30-2:30, for our session on A SEASON OF DARKNESS, the story of the Marcia Trimble murder and investigation. Thanks to those loyal friends who have attended many of our signings. We will try to say something you haven’t heard before!