Schedule of Upcoming Author Events

Schedule of Upcoming Author Events for Jackie Warren Tatum, Author of Unspeakable Things a novel. Events listed are free and signed copies available for purchase unless marked with asterisk.

May 30 – June 1, 2018, Unspeakable Things a novel will be displayed at The BookExpo America, the North American publishing event featuring the latest in print and digital book publishing for booksellers, librarians, authors, and specialty retailers, Javits Center, 655 W 34th St., New York, NY. Detailed info about the novel will occupy a full page in the 2018 Book Expo Buyers Guide; a soft back copy will be available in the publisher’s booth for close scrutiny. Also, a 2′ x 3′ wall banner of the cover of Unspeakable Things a novel will hang above the publisher’s booth. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10 a.m. >, Helen Keller Festival Signing, Coldwater Books, 101 West 6th Street,  Tuscumbia, AL 35674.

Saturday, July 7, 4:30 p.m., Featured Guest to be interviewed by Funmi Folayan Franklin for July Writer’s Circle, a community that encourages writers. The interview will be live streamed and taped for YouTube, Kundi Compound, 256 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, MS 39202. All readers and writers invited and welcome and will be given an opportunity to question the interviewee; the author will read from Unspeakable Things a novel and autograph copies.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10 a.m.>, Showcase of Local Authors and Book Signing, Flora Public Library, 144 Clark Street, Flora, MS 39071.

Friday and Saturday, July 27, 5 p.m.-28, 5 p.m., 2018, Mississippi Writers Guild Annual Conference, The MAX, TRU by Hilton, 519 Azalea Drive, Meridian, MS 39301. Signed cope of Unspeakable Things a novel will be available in the Gift Shop.

Sunday, July  29, 2018,  1 p.m.-4 p.m., Meet The Author and Book Signing, Barnes & Noble Tuscaloosa, Midtown Shopping Center, 1800 McFarland Road East, Suite 200, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Meet The Author and Book Signing, Friends of the Library, Flowood Library, 103 Winners Cir., Flowood, MS 39232.

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Authors Alley, Mississippi Book Festival, Capitol Grounds on the street south of the Capitol Building between it and Galloway Methodist Church, Jackson, MS 39202.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, Speaker, “Turn the Page: Writing for Renewal,” Gulf Coast Writers Association Conference, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus, 730 East Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, MS 39560.

*Thursday, November 15, 2018, Speaker “My Listening Place: The Power of Journaling” and Signing, Friends of the Bryan Library Hosting Luncheon With Books, Lunch will be served for a $6 donation to the Friends of the Library, noon, 436 Commerce Street, West Point, MS 39773.

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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.

You are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

If you are not in the Jackson, MS area, click on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com to purchase Jackie Warren Tatum’s Unspeakable Things a novel in soft back. The ebook of the novel will be available on line soon.

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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.

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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

Mount Everest

I launched the I C U manuscript this week: pressed the computer button that hurled it through cyberspace to the publisher.

I felt like a mother dropping off her little child at kindergarten for the first day of school. Afraid. Hopeful. Alone. Hoping I’d done the best I could to give the offspring its best chance to be.

Yes, I know that is emotional overkill.

But the truth is that a writer is attached to her writing. Even a fiction novel is a part of the writer.

For though my I C U manuscript is fictional in every respect–its characters, their relationships and conversations and their experiences; its wild crazy plot– it was written from a me that, like I C U’s protagonist, Renee, was widowed as a young woman.

I do not know an actual Renee. None exists as far as I know, but I am and have been me inside.

So, I can write Renee and her pain and vulnerability the way a person can write about Mount Everest who has actually been to Mount Everest and seen the slope of the mountain, its rocks, heard how its ground crunches when she steps on it, seen the light behind it as the sun rises.

Fiction about Renee or Mount Everest or anything else is a product of the writer’s imagination and IS because the writer is the writer who is conjuring up the story.

More details about I C U as this publication process continues.

Life 101, Blog 3, April 23, 2016

Copyright 2016. Jackie Warren Tatum