Wayne County News

Someone emailed me and told me that there is an article in the Wayne County News about A Season of Darkness. There is something about having your hometown newspaper publish an article about you.  It is very gratifying.


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 “Wayne County News

  1. Steve Collie

    I have read the book completely, some parts more than once. A very complelling story and a great read. You did a great job with this and I know there was a lot of work put into the reseachr.
    I’ve passed the book around to some of the folks here. You may not know this but several of us know John Thrope and his family. John went on a golf trip with us for years until he move to North Carolina.Please stay in touch and call if you come to Waynesboro anytime soon.
    Steve C

    • phyllisgobbell

      It’s great to hear from you, and I apologize for just now replying. At least I don’t think I replied. (I am getting quite old, you know.) Thank you for the comment about the book, and, yes, John Thorpe was an important figure in the case. How terrible to be known as the person whose garage had such a grim story behind it.

      I was so glad to see David at one of our signings. I do come to Waynesboro occasionally because my mother’s house is for sale. We decided to put in central air & heat, so there are workers there right now, but if you know anyone who is interested, please let Jeff Davis, the realtor, know. I think it’s a sweet deal for a young couple or an older person. I’ve renovated it almost completely.

      Thank you for visiting my website. I am going to bring it up to date today, and I always love to see comments from Waynesboro friends! Hope you and yours are doing well.

  2. Steve Collie

    I did see the article in the Wayne County News. We are very proud of your success as a writer and also anxious to read this book. We followed the case on TV and the paper for years. Hope to see you on the book circuit and get my signed copy.
    Good Luck and continue Success
    STEVE and Gilda Collie

    • phyllisgobbell

      Good to hear from you guys! David bought a book for you. I’ve had to order more, so as soon as they come in, I’ll be sending them along. I have the fondest memories of those years in West End – Brenda and me, and a dozen boys! What fun! Kick the can, and you all even let us play basketball with you.

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