Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 1/22-28

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of January 22-28, 2018: 

Special Events:
FronteraFest 2018, Austin, January 16-February 17

How to Self-Publish Your Book -- Economically, Quickly, and Professionally, Dallas, January 23-February 6

Ongoing Exhibits:
Austin
BookPeople, PIERCE BROWN speaking & signing Iron Gold, 7PM [ticketed event]

Dallas
Interabang Books, Georgia Hunter discussing and signing WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES, 7PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Anthony Graves discussing and signing INFINITE HOPE, 6:30PM

Richardson
Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "The Secret of Clarity" with Lori Freeland, 7PM

Tuesday, January 23:
Austin
Interabang Books, Writers’ League of Texas panel discussion: Building Your Writing Community: How to Find Writing Groups & Support Other Writers with Kathleen Kent, Blake Kimzey, Melissa Lenhardt, and Arianne "Tex" Thompson, 7PM

Houston
Black Labrador Pub, Houston Writers House meeting featuring Shelley K. Wall discussing pitching and query letters, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, E.R. Bills and Friends reading and signing ROAD KILL 2, 7PM

Houston Maritime Museum, lecture with Chet Van Duzer, author of Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript. 7PM

Murder By the Book, Nicholas Petrie will sign and discuss his third Peter Ash thriller, Light It Up, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Thursday, January 25:
Austin

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Katherine Arden reading and signing GIRL IN THE TOWER, 7PM

Half Price Books - North Oaks, popular blogger and author Suzanne Ryan will discuss her new book, Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes, 7PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dr. James M. Adovasio lectures from The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Pre-History, 6:30PM

Poison Girl Bar, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Alex McElroy, Kerry Beth Neville, and Javier Zamora, 8:30PM

The Printing Museum, Open House: The Print Museum reopens!, 6PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Gay Gaddis discussing and signing Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life, 5PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, January 26:
Austin
Brazos Bookstore, Writers' League of Texas Panel Discussion: "What Makes Books Sell?" with ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Benjamin Rybeck, and Marina Tristán, 7PM

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book: Laura Bush's Social Secretary Lee Burman, 1PM

Saturday, January 27:
Austin
Half Price Books - North Lamar, local author Therone Shellman will sell and sign his spiritual book, Third Eye Awakening, 1PM

Malvern Books, the Austin Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosts We Are ALL America! Open Mic Night, 7PM

Resistencia Bookstore, Austin Barrio Writers release the Barrio Writers 8th Edition anthology, 2PM

St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Crafting Story Openings That Will Capture Readers" with Lindsey Lane, 9AM

Dallas
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Chef Mary Chamberlin Book Signing & Demo, 11AM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Selected Shorts: For Better and For Worse: Tales of Marriage with guest readers Michael Cerveris, Jane Kaczmarek, and Maria Tucci, 7:30PM

El Paso
El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Micro Fiction: The Shortest Story" with Tafari Nugent, 12:45PM

Flower Mound
Flower Mound Public Library, Former U.S. Women's Chess Champion Dr. Alexey Root will sign Prepare With Chess Strategy, plus simultaneous chess exhibition. Players who defeat Root in chess win a copy of the book, 2PM

Houston
Dead Tree Books, Meet the Author: Abraham Moreno, 2PM

Half Price Books - Huebner, Bowie Ibarra signing El Aire vs. The Mummies of San Uvalde, 12PM

The Twig Book Shop, Jessie Simpson and Al Rendon discussing and signing The King William Area, 11AM

Sunday, January 28:
Austin

Houston
River Oaks Bookstore, Tarif Youssef-Agha discussing and signing The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution: The Orphan Uprising the Entire World Betrayed, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Young Adult Fiction" with Joy Preble, 10AM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Marnie Olson signing Grateful, 12PM

                                                    

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Guest Post: ELEPHANT DREAMS by Martha Deeringer

ELEPHANT DREAMS
by
MARTHA DEERINGER
  Genre: Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Sweet Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Date of Publication: September 2, 2017
Number of Pages: 224

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Desperate to escape her squalid life on the streets of New York City, sixteen-year-old Fiona Finn seeks help at the magnificent Church of the Ascension where Charles Loring Brace, a social reformer horrified by the plight of New York City’s street children, arranges for her to go west aboard an Orphan Train.

Fiona’s homeless, alcoholic father has other plans, however. He wants Fiona to “work” the streets to support his drinking and pursues her across the midwest until she is forced to abandon the train in Houston to avoid a sheriff bent on returning her to her father.

Alone in the dark on the Texas prairie, Fiona’s terrifying experience with a circus elephant, Bolivar, sets the stage for a future she could never have imagined.
PRAISE FOR ELEPHANT DREAMS:
Elephant Dreams will be featured in the January, 2018 issue of the Historical Novel Society magazine.

“What a story! With scenes to be likened to any Charles Dickens novel, the author, Martha Deeringer, carries the reader on a breathtaking journey through despair and hope that changes as often as the wind changes direction. Great characters, a believable story, an insight into another world, and an empathy for a character that a reader would have to have a heart of stone not to sympathise with. Although billed as a young adult story, this will readily appeal to an adult reader. Very visual writing and the makings of a classic.” -- Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite

“I absolutely adored this novel; I couldn't find a single thing to dislike about it, other than of course the characters we are meant to dislike. The secondary characters were just as well rounded as the primary characters, leaving the reader with a feeling of contentment at the end of the novel. Each character brought his or her own three-dimensional personality to the novel, giving me a reason to either love or hate them passionately.” -- Acwoolet for Online Book Club

“I thoroughly enjoyed Elephant Dreams. It is a captivating story with a spunky heroine who is determined to turn her life around. I loved the unique settings that covered New York City slums, an orphan train and a Texas Circus. I would recommend it for teens through adults.” – 5 Stars, Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase

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The Mollie Bailey Circus
Article and image, by Aletha St. Romain, reprinted with permission
During the last half of the 19th century, the arrival of the Mollie A. Bailey Show brought rare excitement to small towns.




Aunt Mollie” Bailey stood at the entrance of the circus tent before each performance to welcome her guests to the Mollie A. Bailey Show. Diamonds sparkled on each of her fingers. A round little woman with a poufy hairstyle, small waist and magnificent clothes, Mollie possessed enough talent to fill a big top. She sang, she danced, she played the piano, and she managed every aspect of her circus down to the smallest detail. Mollie’s soft heart tempered her strong, independent personality. All Civil War veterans got in free. So did children whose families could not afford the price of a ticket. Born in 1844, according to most sources, on a large southern plantation in Alabama, Mollie Arline Kirkland defied her wealthy parents when she married Gus Bailey, a bandleader  and talented musician, whose father owned a circus. Gus Bailey captured Mollie’s heart when she was just 14. The lure of his red hair and romantic lifestyle were too much for Mollie to resist. When she married Gus, her enraged father disowned her and never spoke to her again.

Circus life suited Mollie, and the couple soon set out on their own as the Bailey Family Troupe, putting on plays and musicals. But the Civil War intervened, and Gus enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861. In 1862, he was assigned to  a regiment in Hood’s Texas Brigade. There, he directed the band and performed with a group called Hood’s Minstrels between battles.

Unwilling to be left behind, Mollie went along to serve as a nurse in the field hospital. She entertained the troops, cooked hot meals and tended wounds. Much to the amazement of Gen. John Bell Hood, Mollie once dressed as an old woman, painted lines on her face with makeup, and, summoning all her acting skills, hobbled through the enemy camp leaning on a cane and selling cookies. The soldiers hardly noticed her as she picked up bits of vital information to pass along to the Confederates.


News that her husband’s regiment was desperately in need of medicine prompted Mollie to take on still another role to aid the South. She asked army surgeons to pack medicine into small packets that she hid in her intricate, curled pompadour hairstyle. Successfully passing through the Union lines, she made her way alone to deliver the medicine to suffering Confederate soldiers.

Like nearly everyone in the South, the Baileys were destitute at the end of the Civil War. In 1867, they rented a boat and performed up and down the Mississippi River, but Mollie lived in constant fear that one of her three children would fall overboard and drown. Trading the boat to a farmer for a wagon and a team of mules, the Bailey Family Troupe hit the road again. Business blossomed, and more Bailey children arrived, eventually reaching a total of nine. As they grew older, the children took their own roles in the show. In 1879, the Baileys billed their circus as “A Texas Show for Texas People” and made the Lone Star State their home.

During the last half of the 19th century, the arrival of what had become known as the Mollie A. Bailey Show brought rare excitement to small towns. As the years passed, the circus grew to include 31 wagons and about 200 animals. Nearly all the performers were members of Mollie’s family, and each played many roles in the performances. Many of the circus animals walked from one town to the next following the wagons. When an elephant broke through the rickety bridge over the San Jacinto River near Willis, the whole town turned out to offer advice on how to get him back on his feet.

Mollie managed all circus details after Gus’ death in 1896, but when she fell and broke her hip in 1918, none of her children had developed the organizational skills needed to keep the circus going. The broken hip refused to heal, and Mollie Bailey died in Houston a few months later. Within two years, the circus folded.

The popularity of the Mollie A. Bailey Show in small towns throughout the South is reflected in these lines from a poem by Frank W. Ford:

“It was cotton-picking time down in Texas
And the leaves of all the trees a golden brown.
The children and the old folk all were happy
For The Mollie Bailey Show had come to town.”




Martha Deeringer lives with her husband and their large, extended family on a central Texas cattle ranch. She writes magazine articles, often about history, for children and adults and is a frequent contributor to regional and national magazines. 

Martha also writes Young Adult fiction, occasionally inspired by her teaching experiences or the antics of her children and grandchildren. She loves ranch life and sometimes abandons her writing to cope with assorted issues involving kids, dogs, cats, horses, orphan calves, and occasionally armadillos, coyotes and rattlesnakes. 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 1/15-21

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of January 15-21, 2018: 

Special Events:
FronteraFest 2018, Austin, January 16-February 17

Austin Book, Paper, and Photo Show, January 20-21

Ongoing Exhibits:
Blue Willow Bookshop, Marie Lu will discuss and sign her new novel BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Denis Johnson Memorial Event, 6PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Jeanie Miley discussing and signing Practicing Resurrection: Radical Hope in Different Times, 5PM

Round Rock
Round Rock Public Library, Book Buzz: a Penguin Random House rep will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on Spring 2018 titles, 7PM

San Antonio
The Mix, Puroslam presents DreamWeek Slam, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Poet Rohn Bayes reads from and signs What I Want to Say to You, 5PM

Wednesday, January 17:
Austin
BookPeople, MELANIE BENJAMIN speaking & signing The Girls in the Picture, 7PM [ticketed event]

Bronte
The Bronte Book Club, Dana Glossbrenner presents "One Writer's Trip: The Lark", TBA

Harker Heights
B&N, Author Signing and Reading Event Featuring Chris Barton, 5PM

Houston
Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Tasha Alexander will sign and discuss Death in St. Petersburg; Deanna Raybourn will sign and discuss her newest release, A Treacherous Curse; and Lauren Willig will sign and discuss her newest release, The English Wife, 6:30PM

San Antonio
Continental Cafe, Spoken Words, Spoken Dreams: spoken-word contest for young poets on the topic of social justice (winners on GET's TV show), 5:30PM

Thursday, January 18:
Austin

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Friends of the SMU Libraries present Melanie Benjamin and THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, 6PM

Interabang Books, Social Venture Partners: The Dallas Festival of Ideas, 7PM

El Paso
Literarity Book Shop, An Evening with El Paso Poets Rosa Alcala and Sasha Pimentel, 6PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Theodore Anton discussing and signing PLANET OF MICROBES, 7PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Kristin Martinez discussing and signing 52 Weeks of Worthiness: A Year of Practical Advice and Biblical Truth for Claiming Your Inherent Value, 5PM

Midland
George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program Reading Event, 4:30PM

San Antonio
San Antonio Public Library - Central, Say What Now?: Writers and poets across the city will share their narratives focusing on social justice issues in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Mike Hood discussing and signing Pathetic Bob's Guide to Life: Practical Advice from a Dead Dog, 5PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, January 19:
Austin
Brazos Bookstore, Poe’s Birthday Celebration, 7PM

Rudyard's Pub, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Kelly Sundberg, Joshua Dewain Foster, Cait Weiss Orcutt, and Lani Yu, 7PM

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Melanie Benjamin, author of The Girls in the Picture, 1PM

Rockport
Texas Maritime Museum, Reception and book signing with Miles Arceneaux, 5:30PM

Saturday, January 20:
Austin
Austin Public Library - Yarborough, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring guest poet Edward Vidaurre, 1:30PM

BookPeople, MATT DE LA PEÑA and LOREN LONG speaking & signing LOVE, 11:30AM

BookPeople, MANDY MIKULENCAK speaking & signing The Last Suppers, 2PM

BookPeople, DIANE SANFILIPPO speaking & signing The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide, 6PM

St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Break Through Writer's Block and Invigorate Your Manuscript" with Jardine Libaire, 10:30AM

Dallas
B&N - Preston/Royal, Lindsey Kay signs God's World of Sheep, 12PM

Denton
Dan's Silver Leaf, Spiderweb Salon's 2018 Winter Formal (80s Throwback Edition!), 7PM

El Paso
El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Our Walt Disney World" with Barbara Buck, 12:45PM

Houston
Gemini Ink, Poetry Bootcamp: Discovering New Imaginative Spaces through Wordplay with George Wallace, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, Jeremy Banas signing Pearl: A History of San Antonio's Iconic Beer, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Reading and book signing with poets Wendy Barker, Natalia Treviño, and visiting NY poet George Wallace, 6PM

South Padre Island
Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: James Breslow reading and signing The Secret to Bullies, 1PM

The Woodlands
B&N - Woodlands Mall, Linda Kozar signing Sweet Tea for the Soul, 1PM

Sunday, January 21:
Austin
Half Price Books - Cypress Creek, New York Times bestselling-author and popular health blogger Diane Sanfilippo will discuss her new book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide, 3PM

South Padre Island
Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Poet Steven Schneider reading and signing Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives, 1PM

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block

I reviewed Oliver Loving (Flatiron Books) by Texas native Stefan Merrill Block for Lone Star Literary Life. Y'ALL. This book. Empathic, transporting, bold, and original, Block creates an immersive literary experience, terrible to contemplate, impossible to forget.

LITERARY FICTION
Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving: A Novel
Flatiron Books
Hardcover, 978-1-2501-6973-0, (also available as an e-book, as an audiobook, and on audio CD), 400 pgs., $26.99
January 16, 2018

Oliver Loving is seventeen — an awkward, lonesome, aspiring poet with “a nearly anaphylactic aversion to prolonged eye contact,” in first-love with the mysterious new girl Rebekkah Sterling — when he walks into a high-school dance and never walks out. Hector, an enraged, deceived, despairing young man with a gun, cuts Oliver down, along with four others. Ten years later Oliver remains in a vegetative condition; one bullet has decimated his brainstem and, with it, his family.

Oliver’s first neural exam in several years is days away. Eve, Oliver’s mother, who visits her son daily, regards the exam with a “dread that [is] tidal and annihilating.” She clutches a hope that Oliver is still in that husk somewhere. To learn that he is not may snap the last thread of her sanity. The question in that room with Eve every day is, of course, Why?

Oliver Loving: A Novel is the extraordinary new book from award-winning author and Texas native Stefan Merrill Block. He explores what becomes of the living in the aftermath of tragedy; the duality of sustaining, cruel hope; and how indecision becomes, by default, decision. A many-layered story, Oliver Loving addresses the nature of consciousness, the animating force, and the limits of our knowledge. Immediately intriguing, opening with the narrator addressing Oliver in his hospital bed, multiple points of view and narratives weave the story of how Oliver was transformed into a legend, a myth, the “martyr of Bliss, Texas.”

Every life in this book is divided into before and after. Block’s characters are complex, flawed, damaged people with rich backstories, living inside a breaking-news crawl. We get to know Oliver through flashbacks to the autumn before. Charlie, Oliver’s younger brother, flees to New York City trying to claim a separate fate. Jed, their father, is a mostly-absent, failed and frustrated, drunken painter and erstwhile art teacher. Eve is vindictive and punishing, the walking wounded, made of breathtaking pain and bone-deep weariness, keeping score. Rebekkah walked out of the classroom where the shooting happened, and never spoke of it, “[her] silence … a godlike force, in which she could take infinite forms.” Robert Olen Butler says plot is simply “yearning challenged and thwarted.” And so Hector became plot.

Oliver Loving ebbs and flows, plot twists lurking around corners and in shadows. Block writes complex prose with beguiling metaphor, skillful foreshadowing, and clever, disarming wordplay. A kind-of Greek chorus chimes in regularly, expounding on mental illness, gun violence, the media, xenophobia, drugs.

Hector killed himself, robbing everyone of justice, maybe vengeance. Where to turn with the questions? What to do with the anger? The fictional Big Bend community searches for specific reasons “to ward off the vagueness of jingoistic nightmares” provided by politicians. The Texas governor said terrorism; others said immigration, guns, closeted gay romance, conversion to Islam. The issues are timely, to our everlasting shame, in “a country psychotically armed for end times.”

Oliver Loving is a study in mourning, grief and guilt, probing the possibilities of redemption and reconciliation. How do we live with chance, randomness, chaos? And if Oliver is still in there, wouldn’t that be “confirmation of an unthinkable horror, the most hideous solitary confinement?” Empathic, transporting, bold, and original, Block creates an immersive literary experience, terrible to contemplate, impossible to forget.

Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Interview with William Darling, author of ANAHUAC: A TEXAS STORY

ANAHUAC
A Texas Story (Volume 2)
by
WILLIAM D. DARLING
  Genre: Historical Fiction / Thriller
Publisher: Canned Peas Productions
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 244


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The Anahuac of 1972 is more than just an isolated outpost on Texas’s Trinity Bay – it’s a place where greed and justice uncomfortably intermingle, where the evangelical fervor of charismatic preachers resonate, where blacks and whites navigate a fragile co-existence, and where a murder leads to even darker mysteries than murder.

Jim Ward, introduced in Morgan’s Point as a young, idealistic Houston prosecutor, returns in Anahuac as an older, more conflicted, more complicated man, coming to Anahuac to defend a man who appears guilty of a horrible crime. His discoveries lead to entanglements in the very nature of good and evil, in a town that is at once of its time and timeless, steeped in a history that is unexpectedly but definitively drawing Ward in its narrative web.



PRAISE FOR ANAHUAC: 

"Austin writer William D. Darling’s second novel, Anahuac, is an entertaining, engrossing legal thriller that offers both darkly humorous and good-natured thrusts at life, love, and law . . . first-rate reading, especially for readers who enjoy legal thrillers, lawyer procedurals, suspense, Texas settings, and characters who live large." - Lone Star Literary Life

"Darling draws vivid portraits of his setting while also bringing in historical currents like women’s liberation, the growth of container shipping, and the rise of the prosperity gospel, adding interest to what’s otherwise a fairly simple courtroom drama." Kirkus Reviews

I'm a Texan originally from the east coast who's had occasion to meet some of these characters from another planet. Darling weaves us through the minds of lawyers with jealousies, insecurities, questions of faith, honor, and guilt as they tackle the case of a horrible crime that has the potential to put a man of God away forever. I held on tight as we went through the engrossing trial, which did not disappoint! If you love history, crime, passion, religion, and suspense, this is a must read! Kristy Recker (an Amazon reviewer)
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Author Interview, Part II: William D. Darling

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured in Anahuac?
In 1972, professional women faced barriers that would be unthinkable in today’s world. Anahuac introduces three such women. Aurora Wilson becomes Jim Ward’s law partner only because she is his best friend’s wife. Jim wrongly assumes that his friend will “control his wife.” Jim is married to Cooper Faircloth, who operates a chain of independent newspapers throughout East Texas. (Cooper’s father owns the newspaper chain.) Then there is Chinky Mason, Jim’s former girlfriend. Chinky has worked her way up the ladder in television news reporting. Each of these women faces challenges as they navigate professions that have historically been dominated by men. To Jim’s utter amazement, each of them finds success in her own right.

What book do I wish I could have written?
That is an easy question for me. The Gay Place, written by Billy Lee Brammer in the 1960s, is a book of three short novels. The stories are interwoven, but the first one, “The Flea Circus,” is a story of a Governor, who seems suspiciously like Lyndon Johnson, who calls himself Arthur “Goddamed” Fenstermaker.  One of the great (and there have been many) bad choices I have made in my life was to walk by the Texas Book Co-op one afternoon in 1962 when Billy Lee was there signing books. Damn, I wish I could have met him. I am still hoping that his family can make a movie of the book.

What is your favorite quote?
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” It is not that I find the quote so inspired. On its face, it seems reasonable, but I have a question. Is the world constantly trying to change us, or is this just an excuse when we find ourselves in league with bad companions? “The devil made me do it” is another of those quotes that makes the assumption that our actions are not our fault. Having been an assistant district attorney let me see ever bad thing I suspect that humans can do to each other. I seldom saw a defendant who said, “You got me; I’m a bad man.” Anyway, that is my favorite quote because it makes me think. As for others I like, there is: “For every moment you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind,” and “Love of beauty is taste. Creation of beauty is art.” As you can see, I am partial to old Ralph Waldo.

Are you a full-time writer? Have you had jobs that impact your writing?
I am now a full-time writer. I spent many years as a practicing trial lawyer, and understanding the pressures that lawyers face in defending criminal defendants definitely influenced my writing. The television version of the hard-charging lawyer without fear may be good television, but my experience defending real people who could be handcuffed and taken away for the rest of their lives at the end of a trial was stressful. I felt the awesome responsibility of the Lawyer’s Code of Professional Ethics to represent my defendants to the best of my ability. Anahuac deals with the difficulty of defending an individual who has his own idea of how the defense should be conducted. 

What do your plans for future projects include?
Anahuac is the second book in my A Texas Story series. The first book, Morgan’s Point, ends immediately before the beginning of Anahuac. The beauty is that Anahuac is a standalone book. I sometimes think that it makes sense to read Anahuac first. But that makes many people crazy, so I sort of whisper that idea. I mentioned in my prior interview that I am working on a prequel to Anahuac to tell the life story of Sarita Jo Franklin and her tragic and illegal love affair with a foreign stranger. I guess that still qualifies as part of a series.

I am also working on the sequel to Anahuac that involves the industrialization of Morgan’s Point and the flight of Jim and Cooper Ward to Austin during the mid-1970s as it becomes the “live music capital of the world.” Dope smoking nights at the Armadillo, crazy encounters with the music world that can be rivaled only by the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature. I think it will be about as wild as several books of the Old Testament.




William D. Darling is a lifelong storyteller and very nearly a native Texan, arriving in his beloved state as an infant in 1942. His first novel, Morgan’s Point, introduced readers to both the mid-‘60s rough-and-tumble world of the Houston courts where Darling came of age, and the Galveston Bay region that has long fascinated him. His latest novel, Anahuac, serves as a sequel to Morgan’s Point as well as its own fascinating tale.

Darling, who has lived within the legislative bustle of Washington, D.C. and in the beauty of a Central Texas ranch, currently resides in Austin, where he and his wife have built a longstanding law practice. 

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UPCOMING AUTHOR APPEARANCES:

January 12, 2018, 7:00PM
Anahuac Reading & Signing
Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX, US 

January 20, 2018, 10:00AM
Anahuac Reading in Anahuac
William D. Darling brings it on home! He'll read from Anahuac in the city where the new novel is set for the first time ever. 
Chambers County Library, 202 Cummings Street, Anahuac, TX, US 

February 17, 2018, 4:30PM
Anahuac Houston Release Event
William D. Darling will sign and read from Anahuac, celebrating the release of the book with friends and well-wishers in the city he once called home, as part of a multi-author event. 
Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, US 

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