Steamboat Days are on the horizon. Meet the Kentuckiana Authors

The next two weeks I will be chatting with members of Kentuckiana Authors, an authors community for promotion and collaboration, organized by Atty Eve, on the radio hour.

Atty Eve was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her family life was rough, with a religious mother and a short-tempered, alcoholic father. Her escape was reading,g writing, and music.  She received her first literary award in the fourth grade and her debut novel, My Beautiful Suicide, has been going strong.

She heads up Kentuckiana Authors which promotes authors and their work.  A busy task, with over 350 members.  Her next author promotion is the Writers Block in Jeffersonville’s Steamboat Days Festival.

STEAMBOAT DAYS  Oct. 17th – 19th

The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the United States, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the Centennial Festival of Riverboats will take place from October 14-19, 2014 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors from around the world.  Numerous steamboats from around the country will be converging on the Ohio River for this celebration.  

The City of Jeffersonville is proud to be hosting Steamboat Days during Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. The Big Four pedestian bridge will link both festivals together for a weekend full of activities.  In addition to Jeffersonville’s many shops and dining opportunities, Steamboat Days will feature a juried art village, live art demonstrations, live music on the Riverstage, a parade, and a kids fun zone.   

Wilhelmina Stolen is the pseudonym for romance writer, Shannon Hayes. Shannon is a native of Kentucky and makes her home in a small southern town close to the Tennessee line.
During her adolescence, her mother’s free spirited nature became restless causing the family to embark on a slew of adventurous moves across the country. The moves provoked a hunger for adventure and romance and introduced her to a wonderful world of history and beauty.
As with most writers, her stories began at an early age with long sessions of seclusion and secrecy. While her classmates and friends were outside playing, Shannon was locked away in her room hammering out ideas on an old 1940’s Royal typewriter.
After finding Mr. Right, Shannon found herself wanting the comfort and security of the small Kentucky town she longed to escape as a child. Fortune smiled upon her and she became the family historian; gathering pictures, wills, marriage certificates and everything else that somehow managed to fall into her lap. Stories flooded her mind and writing quickly became an obsession that turned into the Way of Hearts Saga.
The saga spans six generations and three families.

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, came out in June 2013. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she’s working on her first historical romance and has two children’s books in the hands of a hard-working agent.

When she’s not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for

Tune in October 9 and 16 to hear live readings and Q&A with these authors and more on artxfm.com at 1pm;

Check out the Steamboat Days in Jeffersonville, October 17-19

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Also THIS Friday: InKY

On Friday, October 10th join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY at the Bard’s Town, at 1801 Bardstown Road, for an evening of literary entertainment, including:
– OPEN MIC, SPECIAL GUEST, poet, Drew Pomeroy, and, FEATURED InKY readers, novelist, Allison Lynn and poet, Liegh Anne Hornfeldt.

Open Mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the Open Mic reading will begin at exactly 7 PM.

Allison Lynn is the author of the novels The Exiles (New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) and Now You See It (Simon & Schuster, 2004), which won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. Novelist Darin Strauss says The Exiles is “better about current-day New York — and the promise of the American world outside New York — than just about anything I can remember. If books teach you how to live, read The Exiles to learn how to be a new parent, a spouse, a human being. Just read it.”
In addition to her novels, Lynn has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband, the writer Michael Dahlie, and their son, Evan.

Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, a Kentucky native, is the author of East Main Aviary (Flutter Press, 2012), The Intimacy Archive (ELJ Publications, 2013) and the editor at Two of Cups Press. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, as well as the recipient of a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2013 her poem “Laika” placed 2nd in the Argos Prize competition., and in 2012 she received the Kudzu Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in journals such as Spry, Lunch Ticket, Foundling Review, and The Journal of Kentucky Studies.

Drew Pomeroy was born and raised in Southwest Alabama and he can fake a variety of Southern accents at the drop of a hat. He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, a different kind of South with really fancy horses and bourbon instead of pigs and cheap beer. He’s a dog lover, a poet, a boxer, and he thinks James Wright should be required reading for anyone hoping to write poetry. Drew holds a BA in History from Samford University and is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

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