About Melinda McGuire – Bio and Books

Book Signing, Summer 2013

Book Signing, Summer 2013

I’m glad you are here!

A little bit about me:

I’ve recently joined the Pecan Tree Publishing family – a southern publisher who specializes in Southern Writers telling Southern Stories.

I’m a Texan and a Southerner – they aren’t the same thing…
A few things that I like – William Faulkner, Southern Gothic literature, Red Dirt Music, creative people, in particular creative Southerners, and, you guessed it – creative Texans :)
Some movies that I enjoy – O Brother, Where Art Thou, Gone With the Wind, Tombstone, Young Guns (the first), True Grit (both versions), and Basic.

I currently have two novels in publication - Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey and Nelson and Cora – The Beginning.

I also have a short story for free download on all the major online book retailers – “When I Met Crazy in the Morning” – Amazon, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble. I hope you will download it, read it, and enjoy it!
I am excited about a recent anthology which I edited and contributed to – Rich Fabric. All profits from the anthology are donated to the Twilight Wish Foundation.

I appreciate your comments and look forward to connecting with you.

To read my latest blog entry, you can click here or click on the link above – Melinda McGuire – Writing With a Southern Slant.

To find out more about other creative Southerners – authors, artists, photographers, southern fiction fans, musicians, you can click here or click the link above – Southern Creatives.

You can find me on Twitter: @melindamcguire

Email melindamcguirewrites @ yahoo dot com

If we aren’t yet connected on Goodreads, let’s get together there too!

Find me on Facebook

On Bublish? Me too! Check out my “bubbles”

You can find the link for my Pinterest account on the right.

AND – please introduce yourself! I am glad to have you here.

30 Responses to About Melinda McGuire – Bio and Books

  1. Hey I look forward to reading more of your blog (: Keep it up.

  2. I am so excited about your book RED DIRT AND WHISKEY. My family roots are in the Piney Woods of East Texas. I have tried moving away but I end up missing the Piney Woods. I now live in Dolen, Texas deep in the Piney Woods. I have been told so many stories by my Grandmother and her sisters about the Depression in East Texas. My Mom at age six was even a student at the school to exploded killing so many children. Luckily my grandmother kept her home that day.

    I am anxious to read this book.

    Have a Blessed Day,
    Patricia aka Mamaw
    my book blog http://itstimetoreadmamaw.blogspot.com/
    my other blog http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you so much for reading and commenting.
      The New London School Explosion was horrific. I have not yet been to the museum, but I plan on going. If you haven’t seen the website for the school, it has a lot of information, including the names of the students and teachers and many photos from before the explosion and facts about the school and the area.
      Again, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey.

  3. Roger says:

    On your blog concerning facts and fiction. Another thing I sometimes find is that people sometimes use expressions that were not around, say 150 years ago. Although one shouldn’t try to make characters speak exclusively like they did then, a new jarring word can completely spoil a piece.

    • Roger,
      I agree. Reading documents from the specific time period and region helps get you accustomed to the language and dialect. Also, listening to music from the different time periods helps, as does researching online for slang from specific time periods. I was surprised how many colleges have information about language use from different time periods.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Melanie B. says:

    I am completely enjoying your book “Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey” and have recommended it to several people – so glad I found your blog and book!!!

  5. Hey Melinda! I love everything you write, especially your blog posts, so I’ve nominated you for an Illuminated Blogger Award!! Keep up the excellent posts!!! Rhonda http://www.greenbayounovels.wordpress.com

  6. Melanie B. says:

    I loved Josephine and I enjoy your blog! I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Check out the details here: http://thecoffeeclubandme.wordpress.com/

  7. erin o'quinn says:

    Love your title RED DIRT AND WHISKEY. You’re a “real” Texan…I”ve hung my hat in central TX for about 20 yrs, still a newcomer, eh? Thanks for the twitter follow! Erin O

  8. Darren says:

    Hi!!! When will your third book be released? I can’t afford to order it in the US when it comes out because I am from Canada so I hope you have a giveaway for it on the good reads site. I won your second book off of the good reads site. I can’t find your first book in my library system here in my province in Canada. I am sure your first book is good too like the second book. Talk to you later.
    Darren from Canada.

    • Hi Darren,
      The Rich Fabric anthology will launch the end of this week (9/28/12).
      The second book in the Nelson and Cora trilogy will be out in the Spring of 2013.
      I have another book (which I may or may not be releasing under a pen name) coming out in December – it is a murder mystery, organized crime novel.
      Send me an email, if you don’t mind, and I can give you some options for getting Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey.

  9. Les Kerr says:

    Melinda- nice to meet you through Twitter & WordPress – sound like you’re keeping busy! Congrats on all you’re doing & I look forward to following your blog.

  10. chrisnevin says:

    Hey, I came across you on Goodreads and thought I would check out your blog. I am going to give When I Met Crazy in the Morning a go!

  11. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  12. Donna Stracener says:

    Enjoyed your Rich fabric book! My husband grew up in east Texas.his mother made quilts for her family.

    • Donna,
      I am so glad you enjoyed Rich Fabric. It is a wonderful project, and one I am proud to be a part of.
      Where in East Texas?

      • Donna Stracener says:

        Pittsburg tx. He remembers the quilting frame in the house that was pulled up by ropes and pulley when the women were not working on a quilt. His mother and aunts made quilts to use in winter. The men sat around by the fireplace and talked while the women quilted.

        • Donna Stracener says:

          My husbands family lived in Holly Springs Tx ,a rural farming community 12 miles from the nearest town. Which is Pittsburg Tx. He remembers quilting up to the age of Six. The 4 inch cloth squares were cut from old clothes. People used Kerosine lamps and listened to a radios. The batteries were bulky and there were not many programs to listen to. Mostly announcements. They cooked on wood burning stoves. Quilting was necessary do they could stay warm in winter.

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