Schedule of Upcoming Author Events

Schedule of Upcoming Author Events for Jackie Warren Tatum, Author of Unspeakable Things a novel. Signed copies of Unspeakable Things a novel will always be available for purchase at author events and all author events will be open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

Saturday, October 14, 3-5 p.m., USM Homecoming Book Signing, Barnes & Noble @ Southern Miss, Thad Cochran Building, USM campus, Hattiesburg, MS 39406.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30, FREE Workshop: The A B C’s of Indy Author Marketing, Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183. You may pre-register for this Free Workshop by calling Kelle or Haley, Lorelei Books, 601.634.8624. 

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., Crazy Day in Magee Book Signing in the Magee Library, 120 North West First Street, Magee, MS 39111. 

Thursday, November 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. >, Signing in Turnrow Books during Greenwood Downtown Holiday Open House, 304 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS 38930. 

Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Signing in Pentimento Books during the 10th Annual Holiday Market in Olde Towne Clinton, 302 Jefferson Street, Clinton, MS 39503.

Friday, December 1, noon, Speaking to Winona Rotary Club/Signing, Pizza Inn, 411 Summit Street, Winona, MS 38967.

Sunday, December 3, 1-4 p.m., Meet The Author/Book Signing, Barnes & Noble at Barnes Crossing, 1001 Barnes Crossing Road #104, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Speaker for Gulf Coast Writers Association Meeting and Book Signing, Gulfport Galleria downstairs, 1300 24th Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Meet and Greet The Author, M.R. Dye Public Library, 2885 Goodman Road, Horn Lake, MS 38637.


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Release of Unspeakable Things a novel by Jackie Warren Tatum

The release of Jackie Warren Tatum’s Unspeakable Things a novel will occur December 7, 2016, with a party and book signing at Lemuria Books, Banner Hall, Jackson, MS from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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The Great Cover Up

I just stood there. Looking at her. Something about the way the light hit her front piqued my interest.

“You know you want to pick me up,” she said. “Go ahead. Touch me. Lay your hands on me.”

But there were so many others around. I wasn’t sure if she was worth my time. I walked away and left her. Moved out among the stacks. Sniffed my way around.

But she had enticed me. I kept wondering what might be inside her. So, I went back.

“Go ahead. Take a chance. Turn me over,” she persisted.

I did. There, on her back, I saw more of what she’d been trying to show me. More of what I needed to know.

I put my hands on her. I picked her up. I took her home with me.

Now, I cannot leave her alone. I cannot take my eyes off her. I simply cannot.


This could be a dialogue between you, a prospective reader, and whatever turns out to be the cover that we are presently creating for Unspeakable Things: A Novel.

Hopefully, the cover will be more than pretty, for it must attract prospective readers. It must strike an emotional chord with them. Snag them with preconceptions. Shout quality. Provoke them to wonder what is inside the book. Stimulate them to buy it.

A book cover must do all of those things and more, while competing with thousands of other book covers on mountains of other books stacked around, all playing the same seduction game.

As does the plot of Unspeakable Things: A Novel. A masterful seduction triggers its plot, which spirals off, twisting and turning, entangling the most unlikely characters, all of who will take you on the most unexpected page-turning ride and sometimes leave you gasping for breath.

And the irony of it: I must lure you into buying the novel about a masterful seduction by, in part, seducing you with the front cover of the book. Wish me luck. I will report back.

Life 101, Blog 5, July 26, 2016

Copyright 2016. Jackie Warren Tatum




A Rose By Any Other Name Is Still A Rose, But Will A Person Find A Rose To Sniff If It Is Not Named A Rose

Which was my question about the title of my novel manuscript I C U, after I read my publisher’s thirteen-page evaluation of it.

The editor said I C U was more than a crime novel and thriller, that “. . . the writing does not use these as crutches. Instead a literary voice accompanies this thrilling plot, moving the reader with devastating truth that resounds in descriptions:

‘I am broken, sitting in the bathtub, letting water run over me, though I do not think there is enough water anywhere to help me. I held a plastic bag of ice against my bottom lip where he bit in deep. It is swollen twice its size. When I lick my lips, I taste him and I get sick to my stomach.

‘If there has ever been fresh air and sunshine and breezes and the sound of birds chirping, they are gone. It is dark here.'”

Then, the publisher’s editor continued—and I blushed reading–that I, as a writer, ” . . . pirouette skillfully from one character and timeline to another, and each figure is masterfully rendered from imagination into a living, breathing person. Renee [the protagonist] is not a cookie-cutter victim: she is a real woman, flawed and broken and overwhelmed and resilient and strong.”

Which gets us back to naming the rose.

And the question of whether or not with the title I C U, my novel would draw in a reader of literary fiction who wants a page-turning crime thriller about pain and loss and death that begins in an I C U waiting area and slaps the reader with the reality of the play on words, I See You, as the pages are flipped through a deteriorating marriage and sexual assault, among other things.

The publisher’s editor said, “In terms of drawing in new readers, I worry that the abbreviation won’t be successful. I suggest a more literary title that plays into the themes of loss and devastation in a woman’s life . . . [and I suggest u]sing A Novel as a subtitle. . . .”

The fifth title she suggested, Unspeakable Things: A Novel, tagged me. And it tagged one of my daughters-in-law.

For, in actuality, my novel manuscript is about unspeakable things.

So, we have named the rose the rose, Unspeakable Things: A Novel, another editing of which the publisher has recommended. Therefore, we shall refine Unspeakable Things: A Novel for you and it will be available for you to pick and sniff in the coming months.

Life 101, Blog 4, May 25, 2016

Copyright 2016. Jackie Warren Tatum