Our speaker will be Michael Dooley from the Department of English and Languages at Tarleton State University.
Meeting: Hood County Library, Pecan Room, 10:00 a.m.
His intended topics are creating characters that people want to return to over and over, using appropriate dialect (correct in region and time). Also, the importance of research for faithfulness to actuality in plot construction.
Mr. Dooley’s CV:
-born and raised in South Florida
–grew up as a swamp stomper, beach bum, and traveler of this great country in a VW Beetle along with a German Shepherd named Emmylou
–spent 25 years as a carpet installer before finishing college
–currently in the 22nd year as an Assistant Professor of Composition and Research and Literature at Tarleton State University
–presented at regional and national creative writing conferences and festivals, original fiction for more than ten years, including for many years at Langdon Review of the Arts in Granbury, Texas
–published two collections of short stories—As the Wave Rose: Florida Tales and other Wandering Stories (2020) and The Water Stop Saloon: More Wandering Tales (2022), both published by Fine Dog Press
–currently working on a noir mystery entitled Murder at the Pennsylvania Hotel (hopefully released at the end of summer 2023)
–married to Kelli for close to 42 years now, one son and daughter-in-law, one granddaughter and one on the way, a smart Blue Healer, a cat that comes when you whistle, and a longhorn named Tip