James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

SC Book Festival 2012

The South Carolina Book Festival, which continues today, has been terribly good to my writing career. Yesterday, as I moderated two panels consisting of talented authors and engaged audiences, I felt very much at home.

A highlight, besides commingling with such fiction notables as Ron Rash, Josephine Humphreys, Emily St. John Mandel, Michel Stone, and Jillian Weise, must of course be noted: shaking the hand of Pat Conroy and telling him how much his work inspired me to be a writer, and how much it meant to be able to finally tell him that. He accepted my dewy-eyed gratitude with graciousness, charm, and a twinkle in his eye that let me know I was far from the first person to lay that rap on him, but still appreciated.

After two years in ‘the woodshed’, as I keep calling this period, I’ve emerged sitting on a number of polished manuscripts that are ready to make their way out into the world. The range of diverse material I believe I’ve produced should present itself as reasonably accomplished, but who knows? As we go into a new submission phase of my career, look for this blog to be updated with regularity.

Full disclosure: this shot is from Mr. Conroy’s appearance, and not one of my own panels. Considering the competition we faced, ours were still exceedingly well attended.

In the next post, I will update the status of various manuscripts as discussed in earlier postings.


About dmac

James D. McCallister is a South Carolina author of novels, short stories, and creative nonfiction. His latest book, a story collection called The Year They Canceled Christmas, releases in November 2017.

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