Thank you for visiting my site.


Please take a look around and let me know what you think.  This is a new adventure for me, and I’m looking foward to meeting other writers and readers – making new friends and connecting with old ones.

Have fun browsing!



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.

3 thoughts on “Thank you for visiting my site.

  1. Bob Horner

    Need to talk to someone locally who is writing true crime. I have the rudiments but don’t know the in’s and out’s of getting police to talk, getting access to police reports. Loved UNFINISHED CANVAS. I’d love to e-mail, talk, or meet with you. I am a Wilson County resident with Nashville employment and chosen subject occurring in this locale. Above e-mail works.

    • phyllisgobbell

      My co-writer on A SEASON OF DARKNESS (the story of Marcia Trimble, release date Dec. 7) is a practicing attorney, and he has many contacts in law enforcement and the judicial system. My co-writer on AN UNFINISHED CANVAS has a legal background so he was able to find a lot of information for us. Not that I didn’t do anything! Most of my research was in newspaper archives and interviews. Much of the info is public record, but it helps to know someone. We were fortunate that we knew some of the detectives personally. Good luck with your project, and I’m happy to answer your “true crime” questions.

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