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.


I write a little bit of everything - fiction, nonfiction, and sometimes even poetry. For twenty years I served on the English faculty at Nashville State Community College, where I taught composition, literature, and creative writing. I was editor of the literary magazine, Tetrahedra, for eight years, and it was one of the joys of my career to see student writers get their first opportunity to be published. 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. My home is Nashville, close to my two daughters and their families. I like to play tennis and play the piano. Tuesday nights, I meet with a writers group that I've been in for more years than I will say!

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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