I first met Joe Collins at CAC18 this last April. He's a tall, quiet man who carries himself with a certain nuance, a particular look in his eyes that lets a person know he's looking for fun. He writes from the heart and although he won 1st Place in the Goethe Awards for 2017, his book could have done just as well in the Laramie Awards. I am honored that Joe took the time to participate in our 10 Questions Interview Series. He has a lot to say and I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. Let me introduce you to J.R. (Joe) Collins: Chanticleer: Tell us a little about yourself: How did you start writing? Collins: I was raised in the Southern Appalachian town of Blairsville, GA. Our whole county had a population of around eight thousand at the time of my birth, 1962. I spent my growing up years helping my father farm beef cattle and attending the local school for my education. I went to church as a kid. Learned a deep respect for a love that would sacrifice itself for me. I believe I was considered normal by the local folks. You knew everybody in my confined, little world, and their business, too, whether you wanted to know it or not. News traveled fast because of how the telephone worked. Most all the homes were on a “party line,” if you had a telephone at all. You knew folks’ business [...]
The LOST YEARS of BILLY BATTLES, Book 3 in the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy by Ronald E. Yates – Historical Fiction, Literary, Action/Adventure
"Billy Battles is as dear and fascinating a literary friend as I have ever encountered." - C. Meehan, Chanticleer Reviews
Satirical genius, Jeffrey Price, gives us gold in his contemporary western about a guy whom trouble loves to follow.
Stream-of-consciousness at its best, this book hooks readers along in a colorful and adventurous journey into the absurd.
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From the riveting opening that takes place in NYC's Lower East Side's sweatshops until its gripping conclusion, this enthralling novel vividly portrays the desperate times of German immigrants landing at Ellis Island in 1905 in search of a better life.
LINCOLN’S HAT: and the TEA Movement’s Anger by David Selcer – Historical Fiction, Political, Literary
Fast-paced historical fiction surrounding the many assassination attempts on President Lincoln. History with a human face, reflective of today's political scene.
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We are excited and honored to officially announce the Grand Prize Winner and the First Place Category Winners for the 2017 Somerset Book Awards for Contemporary & Literary Fiction Novels.