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Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018 Mobile Literary Festival

cj Sez: Wanted, Readers and Writers. The 2018 Mobile Literary Festival kicks off on March 3 at the Ben May Main Library, and if you’re in the Mobile area, we’d love to see you there.

Excerpts from press releases:

How do you begin? Where do you go from there? How do you get from brilliant idea to “I hate every word,” to published novel? The Emerging Writers’ Workshop will explore story creation, world building, and character development methods, including Michael Hague’s Six-Point Plot Structure, story mapping, free writing, and spider diagrams. The workshop features Emily BlejwasCarrie Dalby CoxAngela Quarles, and Joyce Scarbrough, and participants will be given the chance to discuss their own story ideas with these distinguished authors.

And for you fans of Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, or the supernatural: Transport, beam, or ride your broomstick over to the Ben May Main Library for a Speculative Fiction discussion panel featuring authors Craig Price, Jr., Meleesa Swann, Steven Moore, and Lee Ann Ward. Readers and writers will go behind the curtain of their favorite genres. Following Speculative Fiction, audience members can explore the genres of Women’s Lit, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Poetry, and Hybrid Fiction. 

Find more updates and the day’s schedule on their Facebook page:

I’ll be there as well, so be sure to stop by and say “Hi.”

PIECES ANTHOLOGY…The Mobile Writers Guild has published a collection of short stories and poems by more than 20 authors from the Gulf Coast of Alabama, including USA TODAY best-selling authors Carolyn Haines and Craig A. Price Jr.

Other authors featured in the anthology include: Candice Conner, Joyce Scarbrough, Lady Lester, Frances Roberts, Ron Polizzi, Mavis M. Jarrell, Dee Jordan, Oksana Leslie, Rachell Jackson, Carrie Dalby, Caren Rich, Isabella N. Jetten, D. Dean Carroll, Steven Moore, Ross Conner Smith, Christa Stanley, Jodie Cain Smith, Jim Hancock, and Me, cj petterson. The collection is available at

Valentine’s Day is coming up and the Mad Catters have put together the perfect gift: The Trouble with Cupidan anthology of short stories, all featuring fun-sized bites of Trouble, the black cat detective. But wait, there’s more. The anthology is a feel-good two-fer. You get to read 10 great, short story mysteries spiced with romance and all proceeds from the sales of the anthology go to BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY, a caring place for homeless pets. Such a deal! Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Mad Catters thank you for your support.

Order it now on Amazon:
Question: What’s your favorite book that made it to the big screen?

My answer:  Without a doubt, my favorite is Charlotte Brontë’s JANE EYRE. Neither of the characters is perfect, not in features and not for each other. They are deeply flawed; yet, they make it through somehow. It’s the ultimate romance story.

Now you: What’s your favorite book that made it to the big screen?

cj Sez: That’s all for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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