Had the most amazing time at Wordfest in Springfield. Got to meet Kate Klise, an amazing author and sister of another amazing author, Jim Klise; Michael ‘Supe’ Granda, bassist for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (he once got high with Paul McCartney, and played basketball with Cheech Marin); Missouri poet laureate William Trowbridge; and Carol McD Wallace, whose book inspired Downtown Abbey.
Yeah. That was awesome. Thanks to the libraries of Springfield for arranging all this.
Wordfest 2013 is made possible through funding from the Missouri Literary Festival and the Missouri Humanities Council. The 2013 Wordfest is the Missouri Humanities Council “Highlighting the Humanities” event.
Celebrate words in their many forms at Wordfest, September 27-28, 2013 in beautiful Downtown Springfield. We’ll have activities for all ages (including a Quentin Tarantino-themed spelling bee and a number of author talks), plus “An Edwardian Evening” with Carol Wallace, author of “To Marry An English Lord,” which helped inspire the popular PBS series, “Downton Abbey.”
Featured wordsmiths include Michael ‘Supe’ Granda from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, “Stand Straight, Ella Kate” and “Deliver Us From Normal” author Kate Klise, “Almost Perfect” author Brian Katcher, Christian fiction author Lori Copeland, Missouri poet laureate William Trowbridge, singer/songwriter Inge Chiles and poet and songwriter Jody Bilyeu.
YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) selected the audio version of ‘Almost Perfect’ as one of their Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2013. I’d like to take credit, but it’s really all down to Kirby Heyborne, the narrator. He really made my characters come alive.