“Pinwheels and Pearls” Book Launch Benefits Relay For Life.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 saw the fun and exciting launch of Elyse Bruce’s Missy Barrett chapter book “Pinwheels and Pearls.”

The event benefited Relay For Life, which supports the American Cancer Society.  One dollar from every sale of the book, which can be found on Amazon.com, goes directly to Relay For Life.

It all happened at Pat & Don MacPherson’s Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in Galtinburg Tennessee.  Gatlinburg, as many will know, boasts one of the most picturesque entrances into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Theater is “Gatlinburg´s ONLY Musical Comedy Entertainment Attraction and the OLDEST Purveyor of Professional, Live-On-Stage, Original Musical Comedies, outrageous humor and hilarious fun in the Smokies.”  See the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater website for details.

The theater provided the popcorn…

And Elyse Bruce, along with her entourage, provided the entertainment.  Here is the author herself, treading the boards and reading from her book, “Pinwheels and Pearls.”

Here she is with Sophia Conerly of Relay For Life explaining how important the cause is and what people can do to get involved.

Captain Cancer Fighter (who figures prominently in the book) and his mom, Ann Sutton Bowman, were “drafted” to act out parts of the book while Elyse read…

And last, but not least, here is Elyse with Charlie, who won a pearl bracelet from Tobias Gatlinburg.

There were many other door prizes given as well, all of these coming from local businesses, such as Arcade City, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Elyse Bruce herself, and Relay For Life of Sevier County. Other businesses provided coupons and other forms of support for this event, and for Relay For Life.

I’m told there will be more events coming up in the future where Elyse’s book will be featured, and the sales from this book will benefit Relay For Life.

Stay Tuned!

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Rose Glen Literary Festival

2017 was a great year for the Rose Glen Literary Festival at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville Tennessee where authors from around the state and country came to sell their books and speak about the books they’ve written!

Here I am, preparing for the arrival of the attendees.  These are not all the books I have written as you can tell from perusing other tabs on this blog.   But I only had so much room on the rack, and decided to be a little selective this year with my offerings for that reason.  One of the books displayed here is by a different author: Adelaide Urqhart.

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Author Elyse Bruce was right next to me.  Most of her books were from the Missy Barrett series, but she was also marketing books she’s written which are targeted for an older audience.

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She and I are also artists.  Each year, we collaborate on a painting that is used to advertise the Festival.  We both sponsor the Festival in this and other ways because we believe in promoting, reading, literacy, writing, and our fellow authors.  Other sponsors are the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, the Sevier County Public Library System, the Friends of the King Family Library, the Sevierville Convention Center, Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery, and WVLT 8 Knoxville.

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Here is an advertisement that includes our painting.  It was seen in print and television media in a multi-state area.

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The crowd was packed, and for good reason.

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There were a number of presenters there which were held in high regard.  This is June Hall McCash, author of “Titanic: A Love Story.”  Here she is alongside our painting.  And within the painting, is a young woman reading her book.

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Also present was Dr. Bill Bass, co-author of the Jefferson Bass “Body Farm” books.  His and co-author Jon Jefferson’s book, “Death’s Acre,” is the one being read by the fellow on the porch in the painting.

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And here is Jon Jefferson…

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And this is a picture of Elyse Bruce and I with Pulitzer Prize nominee (and the event’s keynote speaker), Ben Montgomery, author of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.”

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Lunch was Beef Wellington with the appropriate accompaniments.  Before and after, there were a lot of opportunities for people to interact with local, regional, and national authors.

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ArtieQ fans will be pleased to see that “Spectral Septet” was on sale at the event.  One of the stories within the book “Alien Invasion” has ArtieQ as one of the main characters.

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All in all, it was a FUN Festival.

Remember that it happens every February folks, and so if you’ve missed it, you’ll have more chances in the future to attend meetings with well-known authors, browse among the books being sold by even more authors, and… you’ll probably get a chance to meet me, too!

Thomas

What Authors And Pilots Do In Their Spare Time

Author Elyse Bruce, Author Thomas D. Taylor, and pilot Marc Hightower, subject of Elyse Bruce’s Missy Barrett Book “Barnstormin’“.  Marc runs Sky High Air Tours and flies a 1927 Waco 10 straight wing.  He’s based out of Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport in Tennessee.

 

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My Oblique Brush With J.K. Rowling

The other day, I may have done author J.K. Rowling a favor.

In one of my social media feeds I noticed that there was someone on Fiverr who, for five dollars, would send you something purporting to be from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I’m not going to state specifically what it was this person was offering, but suffice it to say, in my opinion, this “service” looked very unprofessional, and I doubted that J.K. Rowling or her publishers had licensed this person to perform this service. In other words, the purveyor of this service may have been infringing on copyrights and trademarks owned by Rowling and her publishers, to say nothing about any monies he might have been earning off of them.

So…

I gathered up the information and sent it to the firm that is responsible for dealing with these matters, and I received a reply thanking me for sending them the information.

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Why did I do it? I’m honest.  That’s why.

Doesn’t J.K. Rowling have enough money?  Anyone who wants as much money as J.K Rowling has ought to go out and earn it as she has done.

Can’t she let someone people profit off of her work? Not unless she wants to.  Until then, Harry Potter is literally her business.

As an author, I understand that bread and butter is hard to earn, and stealing someone else’s intellectual property takes away from an author’s dinner table -no matter how wealthy and successful the author may be.  If someone wants to make lots of money and eat like a king (or a queen), the way to do that is to work as hard as the “rich” person did to get what they have.

Rowling herself wasn’t rich when she began writing Harry Potter, yet the Harry Potter books are best-sellers.  The next best-selling author could be any one of us who is reading this if we only put in the time and effort. And yes, maybe “luck” was on her side when her books got picked up for publication, but you know what?  Anyone else who wants to be just as “lucky” as she is needs to make an attempt as she has done, and with an original idea, not a stolen one.

What did I get for reporting someone who may be profiting off of Rowling’s work without her permission?

A nice thank you, and the knowledge that I have done the right thing.

That’s more than enough for me.

Thomas D. Taylor

 

 

Research Takes You In Many Different Directions…

My wife and I were doing research for some of our upcoming books today. You’d be amazed at where being an author could take you.

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My Connection to Doctor Who

For those of you who are interested in my earlier forays into publishing, I’m putting up a couple of scans I have of a rejection letter from John Nathan Turner, former Producer of BBC Television’s “Doctor Who.”

Here was how the letter arrived. I have blotted out my old address…

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This is Producer John Nathan Turner giving me the thumbs down, but I am told that he did not have a secretary at the time, and so he typed the letter as well as the sheet that follows.

The signature is legit, also.

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The story idea/script I submitted was done just before Doctor Who was cancelled/put on hiatus during the Colin Baker years. This sheet will show you what Turner originally had planned for that season, which would have begun in January of 1986.

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Little did BBC Producer John Nathan Turner know I would grow up to be an author – and write science fiction.

Go HERE to see what I’ve written.

I may provide an elaboration of the project I submitted to Doctor Who in a future blog post, and give you some details about HOW I submitted it.  For now, though…

Thanks for reading!

Thomas

Meeting Mary McDonough

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I had the good fortune of meeting Mary McDonough May 15th and 16th at the Sevierville, Tennessee Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival.  Amid the great food and spectacular music, McDonough, aka Erin Walton of The Waltons fame was there to sign her two books “Lessons from the Mountain“, and “One Year” (her newest).  While chatting with her briefly I had the opportunity to present her with one of my own books: “Ghostly Quintet.”

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Of interest to me as someone who writes horror are two particular movies which she did after her years on The Waltons television series. One was entitled “Mortuary” (1983) and the other was “Mom” (1991). I’d suggest looking over her entire filmography on IMDb to learn more about these and other film projects she has worked on.

That she can act in so many television and film roles serves as testimony to her talent and diversity as an actress, but McDonough has done far more than that.  She has been a director, writer, and associate producer, but just as important is her constant work outside the realm of Hollywood.

If you visit her website at www.marymcdonough.com you’ll find she is a public speaker, workshop leader, life coach, and she teaches acting classes as well.  Check her “Activism” page to learn more about issues that are important to her.

If ever Mary McDonough happens to be in your area for a book signing, or as a keynote speaker or what have you, you may want to drop on by and see her. She’s friendly, personable, has a great personality, and an infectious smile.

You can check out Ms. McDonough’s Facebook page HERE.

And don’t forget folks, “Ghostly Quintet: Five Tales of Ghosts, Apparitions, and the Beyond” is available in both Kindle and paperback format on Amazon.com.

Thomas D. Taylor