All music that comes from the heart is good music. I am attracted to excellence in Gospel, Blues, County, Rock, Classical, and Oldies ranging from Nat King Cole to Buddy Holly. Growing up in Memphis, I actually got to know Elvis, so, of course, I enjoy his work, from his love ballads to his Sacred Performances. A professional bio follows:
Richard W. Jennings
He is the “Master of Middle-American Whimsy” according to Kirkus Reviews. The Horn Book explains, “He writes about children who are witty, intelligent, articulate, and likeable,” and adds “his novels are laced with droll tongue-in-cheek observations, philosophical musings, and slight hints of absurdity.” The author says his work “celebrates the custodians of optimism — kids — and is dedicated to every kid who ever felt different.”
Since leaving the world of business in 1999, long-time Kansas resident Richard W. Jennings has published an impressive number of novels through the 150-year-old book publishing company, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, most of them under the guidance and imprint of Walter Lorraine.
Jennings’s debut novel, Orwell’s Luck, was launched to widespread critical acclaim in 2000, published in France as La Chance De Ma Vie in 2001, and released through Houghton Mifflin and Scholastic Books as a trade paperback in 2006.
This success was followed at roughly annual intervals by The Great Whale of Kansas (2001), My Life of Crime (2002), Mystery in Mt. Mole (2003), Scribble (2004), Stink City (2006), Ferret Island (2007), and The Pirates of Turtle Rock (2008), praised by the professional media and found in schools and libraries throughout the United States.
Several have been excerpted or serialized in The Kansas City Star, including Orwell’s Luck, Scribble, Stink City, Ferret Island, The Pirates of Turtle Rock, and Jennings’s latest work, Ghost Town.
Jennings is winner of both a mini fellowship and a full fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission, and