I’m one of the Stage Captains assisting legendary author Pat Conroy during his book signing at this past weekend’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival at the First Baptist Venue! Mr. Conroy wrote the novel Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and many, many others. He is an incredible human being as well as a fantastic author. He gave all writer’s a great tip: “Go Deeper” in in your writing. What an honor to assist one of America’s great Writers!
I want to share a special moment from last evening in Grayson, Georgia. I was riding with my sister,Rochelle, in our car with our dogs CoCo (Yorkie) and Cooper (Cocker Spanier) and I had to stop to take this Sunset. Please take a moment from your pursuits and schedule to enjoy this moment in time. Enjoy the colors as they swirl in the August Sky over Georgia.
This is the second novel in the J. E. Thompson Trillogy which includes A Brownstone in Brooklyn and the National Award Winning Ghost of Atlanta.
Short Synopsis:Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gangs wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. Philadelphia playgrounds were sometimes silent.
These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories. These were places packed with people, but on a summer’s midday, they were virtually empty. Streets made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.
Philly Style and Philly Profile Amazon.Com Book Review: BOOK 2 OF THE ANDY PILGRIM TRILOGY…THINGS ARE DONE PHILLY STYLE!
By DENNIS DE ROSE on April 17, 2011
This is the second of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy.While the title does not try to explain the book,that was the author`s intent.The title refers to something special specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”
“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin.He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM.That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.
Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player whose getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won`t spoil the story for you but I will say that it`s extremely fast paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.
You will read this and, once you do, you`ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”.I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hat`s off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job!
J. E. Thompson will be talking about his novels on “Off The Shelf” a national Blog Talk Radio Program Saturday, 11:00 AM, Eastern Time on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Please call(347)994-3490 to listen and ask questions of National award winning author J. E. Thompson.
Mr. Thompson will discuss his fifth novel, Stormy Winds, that will be published March 2015.
Radio Personality Denise Turney will interview J. E. Thompson about his published novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national Award winning Ghost of Atlanta. Mr. Thompson received the award at the Miami Book Fair in 2012. The novel beat out 200 plus general fiction novels forthe prestigous book award.
I drove into Winder, Georgia and visited the Old Lions Club on East Broad Street and the grassy area in front where the annual county fair was established in the late fifties and early sixties. Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession. Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession. I remember that October day was little overcast and a slight chill was in the air at the start of the early nineteen-sixties Barrow County Fair. Grandmother Mary Lee had always entered the backing contest, but this year she didn’t and I decided to uphold the family tradition and cook a pound cake. The baking contest was a big deal at the time. I wanted to use Mama Katie’s Lemon Pound Cake recipe, but decided to use a plain pound cake. I wanted to win the blue ribbon. This was important! I decided to make the this trek to Winder, in late 2009,as part of my research for my third novel, the 2011 National Gold Medal Winner Ghost of Atlanta. I’m glad I did as the visit created visual images of key scenes that I used in the beginning of the novel. I got out of the car and walked around old-fair ground area. i re-lived visions of events long gone into the deep recesses of my mind. I remembered coming to the Barrow County Fair in my uncle’s old Ford. I remembered carrying the pound cake and walking through the front glass doors of the Lions Club. I talked to the lady in charge and a gave her the pound cake. My grandmother and I drove back to the her old family home in Statham,Georgia. I talked with my grandmother about my chances of winning the blue ribbon. A couple of days later, my Uncle Charles drove me back to the Lions Club building. I opened the and walked to the area where the baking was judged. I looked for a second…smiled. My uncle carried me back to Statham, and I hugged my grandmother and we talked all night about me winning the blue ribbon. It was a joyous moment. A couple of days later my Grandmother Mary Lee put me in a car with a family friend who carried me and my sister to the train station in Athens to ride the “Silver Comet” to a new life up north. We were on our way to Brooklyn, New York and a new life as part of the great migration of southern blacks to the big cities in the north. The days of old southern living with my Grandmother Mary Lee were over, but I still remember the time in the kitchen in Statham,Georgia cooking the pound cake on the old iron stove. It was a winner then, and it’s now a winner again as a key part of my novel, Ghost of Atlanta! ********************************* If you would like the receipt please email jethompson at jethompsonnovels.com
J.E. Thompson will be talking about his novels on “Off The Shelf”. a national Blog Talk Radio Program.
Radio Personality Denise Turney will interview J.E. Thompson about his four published novels, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national award winning Ghost of Atlanta and Georgia Author of the Year nominated Phantoms of Rockwood. Ghost of Atlanta won 2011 Readers Favorite national gold medal and received he received the award at the Miami Book Fair in 2012. The novel beat out 200 plus for the prestigous book award.
Mr. Thompson will discuss his fifth novel, Stormy Winds, that will be published in March 2015 at 11:00 am, eastern time, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Please call (347) 994-3490 to listen and ask questions of national award winning author J. E. Thompson.
Sometimes when I enter my writing area, in a corner of my office, it seems that words will not come and the critic inside me attacks my creativity with a constant bombardment of negative thoughts.
Finally, I sit down, strike the letters on the keyboard and let the words energize each other as they create vivid word pictures that become vibrant mental images for my readers. I’m on my writing schedule and I believe in my myself!
I wasn’t always this confident in my writing ability.
I listened to the “Rules Police” or “Peer Critics” and didn’t believe enough to even look inside myself to come up with the courage to write a single line. I was scared, really scared, at one time in my life, many years ago in my high school days in the turbulent sixties.
What developed confidence in my writing ability?
It was faithful fall day, when I was a junior at Bushwick High School, in Brooklyn, New York.
I was scared to express any thoughts, because of my rural southern background where you had to put your ego under a deep cover of quietness, and where any opinions brought out retribution.
Heck, I was even afraid to look people in the eye because of the oppressive segregated atmosephere of small-town Georgia. Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence was lacking in my personality.
I knew I had this amazing ability to write, but the motivation and confidence was zero.
I was now in my second year, at Bushwick, after moving from Statham, Georgia, population 300 and segregated, to Brooklyn, population 3,000,000 and integrated.
I got up enough nerve to ask my English teacher and student council/general organization sponsor, Ms. Egan, the question. If the answer was negative, all my hopes and dreams of becoming the next great novelist would be dashed.
I knocked hard on the door to her office, entered, and asked, “Can I be a writer?”
She stared at me for a few moments and then said, “Do It!”
I haven’t looked back.
As a high schol English teacher, I know the power of positive or negative words in a students life. I learned that fall day in Brooklyn and I instill that confidence in my students today: 2012.
Oh, my writing Career:
***I wrote articles for The New York times.
***I wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin (National Sports Writing Award—third best story in the United States in 1977)
***I wrote for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
***I wrote for the Associated Press.
***I wrote for Sports Scene Magazine
***I wrote for Parade Magazine
***Georgia Author of the year nominee 2007(For my novel Philly Style an Philly Profile).
***Georgia Author of the year nominee 2011 ( for my novel) Ghost of Atlanta)
***2011 National Fiction Award Winner for Ghost of Atlanta!
Ms. Egan would be proud!!!!!
Not bad for a scared little kid from the Bush Chapel Section of a small town in Georgia.
I’m telling you like my high school English teacher told me: “Do it!”
Please check out my Cheryl Holloway Word Press Blog Interview that came out a few minutes ago: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/
I was asked to choose a quote from my first novel, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, to reflect on the unpredictable nature of life. How things are never the same and human beings have to adjust to life’s changing events. A Brownstone in Brooklyn is about growing up in the turbulent sixties, one of the most event filled decades in Black-American history.
CNN is currently running a special on the sixties every Thursday night. Tonight it was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy… A Brownstone in Brooklyn is still relevant today.
I remember the moment that changed a nation.
Where I was when it was announced that Kennedy had been shot? I was in gym class at Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, New York on a cool November Day in 1962. It is still fresh in my mind the moment my gym teacher, Coach Diamond, told us the news of Kennedy being shot.
We were stunned. Some of us cried.
A Brownstone in Brooklyn reflects that moment and a vibrant era in time.
A Brownstone in Brooklyn chronicles the life-altering events that shape the future of Andy Michael Pilgrim, a young man growing up in the turbulent sixties.
“The most special times in a person’s life are not meant to last forever. They’re like bubbles rising from a plastic ring dipped into a soapy solution. The soap bubbles rise, with the sun flashing brilliant colors, then bursts into a showery memory mist.”
― J.E. Thompson, A Brownstone in Brooklyn
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