Gold Quill Awards
In 2020, the League of Utah Writers awarded Founding Sheriff the Gold Quill award for best novel published in 2020.
In 2014, the story of the grandson of the founding sheriff won the Gold Quill (see below) .
Publication of Fugitive Sheriff
Sheriff John Simms, father of Sheriff Mark Simms, made his debut in April, 2019. Order the book and read his story with this link.
Publication of Founding Sheriff
Sheriff Luke Simms, father of Sheriff John Simms, has agreed with my publisher, Five Star, to take life and join his son and grandson August 19, 2020. Until then, he wants all the focus to remain on his son, John, the Fugitive Sheriff.
Turning Historical Fact into True Fiction
The League of Utah Writers asked me to make a presentation to their 2019 Spring Conference in Taylorsville, Utah, on “Turning Historical Fact Into Fiction.”
That was a busy week:
- April 24, Parsons Behle & Latimer conference room (Salt Lake City) on the role of U.S. Attorney William H. Dickson in founding their firm and in my book.
- April 25, Kaysville Library, on heritage, my high school friends, and President Taylor in 1887. Here is the invitation.
- April 26, Summit County, Kamas library, with the Silver Peak Writers on heritage, writing, and community. Invitation:
A Park City radio interviewed me before the event. The Park Record also did an interview, reproduced here:
A Kaleidoscope of Passions
Although not another novel, I did produce another Kaleidoscope of Passions this year: Presented at Levinson Auditorium, Yale University, June 1, 2019, you can view and hear eleven of the presentations here.
In 2014, the League of Utah Writers awarded Every Soul Is Free the Gold Quill award (see below). Tempting the Gods, Sheriff Simms’s father, Sheriff Simms, has entered the 2019 competition. The award will be made at the League of Utah Writers Quill Conference in August, 2019. We’re hoping and we hope you are, too.
Voices of the West
Emil Franzi, the voice of Voices of the West, and winner of the Lariat at the 2014 Western Writers of America convention in Sacramento, interviewed Edward on October 11, 2014 for his show in Tucson, AZ, Emil succumbed to a long battle with cancer and his creation has been taken up by Bunker de France. Bunker and Edward are working on a schedule for an interview on Fugitive Sheriff. Stay tuned for date and time.
Providence Art Club
The Nexus of History and Fiction
Said to be the oldest art club in the nation after the Salmagundi Club in New York. It is a great honor to be asked to discuss the nexus of history and fiction in Every Soul Is Free. The novel is fiction but it is true in every detail, even when describing events that were created entirely for the purpose of telling a good story. Providence, R.I., Thursday, October 2, 2014.
Gold Quill Award
At the League of Utah Writers awards dinner, Saturday, September 13, I had prepared myself for a shutout, when:
It is called the Gold Quill award. The League of Utah Writers gave me a gold quill pin and stickers for my books.
“Davis Reads” Program
Edward met on September 12, 2014 with Belinda Kuck, Director of Davis Reads, and Pamela S. Park, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Davis School District, to organize a program of speaking in the high schools of Davis County about life after Davis, literature, and the heritage of growing up in Utah. Ms. Kuck explained that they are trying both to use the school district to expand reading among all ages in the county and to encourage high school age students to read and write — more! These programs, naturally, use authors with established reputations to enhance the draw, but they are open to pursuing opportunities to support Davis School District alumni authors and their contribution to literature. Initially, there is a tentative plan for Edward to judge a short story contest. Keep watch for developments and schedule.
“Entrepreneur on Fire”
Edward Massey will be interviewed on John Dumas’s Podcast, “Entrepreneur on Fire,” on October 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The interview flow provided asks for:
- A success quote/mantra that Fire Nation can apply to their journey.
- The story of failure your journey
- The story of the “AH-HA” moment and how you turned that light bulb moment into success.
- The story of your proudest Entrepreneurial moment.
- What is really exciting in your business right now?
- Lightning Round:
- What was holding you back?
- What is the best advice you have ever received?
- Share one personal habit that contributes to your success?
- What book would you recommend to Fire Nation?
- Imagine you woke up tomorrow morning, knew no-one, had a laptop and $500 dollars. What would you do?
Every Soul Is Free is under consideration for the Western Writers of America 2014 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Western Novel.
Reading at Ann D. Call’s home
Ann Call and Susan Stayner invited friends and classmates from Davis High School, Class of 1960, to a reading and discussion and desserts at Ann D. Call’s home. Several participants shared a pioneer heritage and, even without the posse, and how they lived the story of Every Soul Is Free, on September 12, 2014, in Bountiful, UT. See Reader’s Guide for the evening’s agenda.
League of Utah Writers
Every Soul Is Free is under consideration for the 2014 Best Published Novel prize for the League of Utah Writers. A short story, “Cybil,” that involves Sheriff Simms and his daughter is also under consideration for the best unpublished short story of 2014. The winner will be announced at the 2014 annual conference for LUW to be held at the Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah, September 12-13, 2014.
Read Between the Wines
Book Club, reading, and discussion, September 9, 2014.
Stamford, CT. See blog, September 10, 2014
Utah Sheriffs’ Association
Every Soul Is Free is under review for Annual Utah Sheriffs’ Association Conference and for various Sheriffs’ Department and Community Support activities throughout the year. Click here to learn more about Utah Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Simms is caught in conflict between calling and family and his deputies face stress and personal danger — realities that sheriffs and deputies need to shoulder and communities may better understand when explored in fiction.
Western Writers of America Convention
Every Soul Is Free, Sheriff Simms, and Edward Massey made more new friends and renewed old acquaintances at the Western Writers of America convention in Sacramento, June 24-28, 2014.
77 Broadway, New Haven, CT
May 31, 2014
12 Noon to 5 pm
A Kaleidoscope of Passions
It looked like every five years, I produced a book and a reunion. Fortunately the pace has been broken, but there will still be another Kaleidoscope of Passions this year.
Sprague Hall, Yale University
Producer and Emcee
June 1, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:45 pm
May 15, 2014
Sarah Lawrence University
February 27, 2014