AUTHOR ~ SPEAKER ~ AD GUY
Although born in Alabama, I've lived briefly in Texas and Florida but now live near Madison, Mississippi, on the Barnett Reservoir with my wife, the painter Virginia Shirley and a black lab named Miles (To Go Before I Sleep). In addition to publishing fiction and non-fiction, I'm Chairman and CEO of GodwinGroup, the South’s oldest ad agency.
My fiction, speech and feature writing has received numerous awards, which along with $1.76 will get a medium sized cup of Italian Roast coffee near my office. I'm presently completing another new novel and toying with a combination how-to on saltwater fishing and a seafood cookbook.
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New novel The White Lie to be released in July 2014
My novel The White Lie is being released by Mindbridge Press in July. This book begins with Peter Brantley, a disillusioned ad executive who excapes from a random carjacking with a million dollars in drugs by crashing his car. He's mad about the world and makes the odd decision to try to ransom the drugs back to the local kingpin of Central Mississippi's drug distribution. The story finds Peter and his wife Mary Beth being chased around by a drug dealer while he's being chased by a local narcotics officer. Peter and Mary Beth deal with their own infidelities and relationship amidst the death and destruction resulting from the decision to try to outwit the men who lie, cheat and kill for a living. Bad decision.What follows is a series of missteps, mistakes and zany ideas for how to swap drugs for money without really handing over the drugs. Mary Beth emerges as the unlikely hero trying to save her marriage, her husband and her soul.
My Short Fiction Collection
My collection of short stories, Oh Don't You Cry For Me, was released in 2008 from Jefferson Press with some pleasing critical acclaim. One story was anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Café IV and others have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals.
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SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS For signed first editions of ODYCFM personally inscribed by the author, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. I purchased a stack of books from the publisher for personal use to so I can get them to you cheaper. Free shipping for anyone. And libraries can get 25% discounts if you just tell me its for a library. Same for book clubs. If anyone else wants to donate to a library, just say so and I'll throw in a second copy for half price.
My last book was on baseball and Louisville Slugger
Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger, co-authored with business writer David Magee and with foreword by Ken Griffey Jr., was released by Triumph Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, in May 2009. The book has been featured on Fox Business News, Louisville public radio's "Studio 619," the L.A. Times and Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf.
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Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger, with many never-before-seen photos, tells us how a family-owned woodshop near the falls of the Ohio River became one of the most recognizable brand names in all of sports. Learn the cultural history of the events, personalities and social background that created the opportunity for baseball to emerge as America's greatest pastime.
Book Philip for a speech
Contact me direct if you'd like to book a presentation for a literary group, corporate meeting, association event, writers' conference or conference. Recently, I was on the speaker circuit presenting "How to Endure: Five Business Lessons Learned from Louisville Slugger." Contact me at email@example.com if you'd like to discuss a presentation on a range of topics which include writing, small business marketing, business ethics, digital and search engine marketing, and reputation management during and after a crisis.