Category Archives: Twisted Road News & Events

Upcoming Events

Join these fine writers as they share their stories

NPTP-FrontCoverThursday, September 22nd, 7:00 pm – Launch Party: No Place to Pray by James Carpenter
Adelphia Restaurant & Lounge
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NY


INLIKH_small-promo_coverNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverSunday, September 25th, 2:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Boston
Readings by Sally Bellerose, James Carpenter and Pat Spears
Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio
135 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

WTE_FrontCoverSaturday, October 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Authors in the Park –  featured authors David James Poissant and Linda Dunlap will be joined by Jane Edwards for Winter Park’s inaugural book festival. They will share their stories and sign copies of Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology
Winter Park Public Library
460 E New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL


cvrNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverTuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Newton, MA
Readings by Emily Franklin, Susan Rukeyser and James Carpenter
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton, MA

INLIKH_small-promo_coverWednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm – Pat Spears reads from her novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, May 17th, 7:30 pm – Connie May Fowler reads from her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA

If you don’t see your favorite author at an event you can attend, please check back with us. We will be adding more events shortly.

It’s Time to Vote

Florida and North Carolina are voting in presidential primaries tomorrow. New York will vote April 19 and Montana on June 7th. I’ve spent the day working with the fictional characters of our next two releases – people who, like all of the characters in Twisted Road books, have been marginalized in some way – and it made me start to wonder who the characters in our books would vote for.

Jesse McKnight from Dream Chaser by Pat Spears – single father of three whose job has been moved out of the country and who has been unable to get another decent paying job.
Jesse’s issues would be bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US and parental rights for divorced fathers.

Grandy from Ever Yrs by Nance Van Winckel – lives on top of one of the worst superfund sites in the country. Grandy’s main issue would definitely be environmental protection and superfund site cleanup.

Marco Holomek from Not On Fire Only Dying by Susan Rukeyser – ex-con drug dealer in love with a mentally ill woman.  Marco’s issues would include restoration of civil rights for convicted felons, job availability and job training following incarceration, and appropriate health care for the mentally ill.

Tupelo Honey Lee from Sewing Holes by Darlyn Finch Kuhn – lost her father very young to diabetes. Honey definitely wants universal health care.

Eve Gates from Eve’s Garden by Glenda Bailey-Mershon – the great-granddaughter of Romani immigrants living in a mill town in the Piedmont. Eve would be concerned with immigrant rights, women’s rights, and the loss of US textile mills.

All of the women from The River’s Memory by Sandra Gail Lambert – women in non-traditional roles, living on a river that is being degraded over time by development. I’m sure they all want someone concerned with both the environment and women’s issues.

Who do you think they’d vote for? Clearly, these individuals have some serious issues, just as we all do. But whatever our issues, we all share the singular responsibility to vote.

Cover to Cover

Things are shaping up for our Summer/Fall Releases, and we now have covers for two of them. More details coming soon!

It’s Not Like I Knew Her by Pat Spears – Scheduled for Release August 2016.

INLIKH_small-promo_coverJodie Taylor’s childhood is filled with loss, abuse, chronic disappointment, and an instinctive awareness that her desire for women will forever make her an outcast. At 18, she flees her home town in rural north Florida and arrives in racially charged Selma, Alabama in 1956 as a penniless fugitive.  She finds work in a café that is frequented by racist nightriders and, with an eye on the door, she hunkers down behind a wall of lies and half-truths. Her self-imposed silence with the family she left behind is broken when a crisis sets Jodie on a backward journey. As she struggles to reconcile her past with the present, she begins the inward journey she must take to truly find her home.

“. . .  one of the most deeply felt novels I have read in a long time. Jodie Taylor is an unforgettable character. Her at times gut-wrenching journey of self-discovery and truth is a tale for the ages. Pat Spears is a rare writer. She peers into the heart of darkness and finds redemption. Read this book.” —Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women had Wings

“. . . Rarely have I been so taken by a character in a novel as I have been by the stubborn, broken, generous Jodie Taylor ….”  ―Sally Bellerose, author of The Girls Club

“Despite the novel’s thematic gravity, which includes discrimination and alienation based on sexual orientation, gender, race, and poverty, Jodie has a sharp, sometimes irreverent tone that punctuates the tension in just the right places.”  ―Amanda Silva, essayist

No Place to Pray by James Carpenter – Scheduled for release September 2016


Cover art by J Carpenter

Two young men, one bi-racial and the other white, meet in an overnight lockup and begin their shared twenty-year downward spiral into alcoholism and homelessness. LeRoy and Harmon work together, drink together, brawl together, and as Harmon suffers from his final illness, they both bed Edna, a wealthy widow who, out of pity, curiosity, and loneliness, takes them into her vacation home by the river. Through episodes rendered from shifting, multiple points of view, a series of flashbacks, and LeRoy’s adventure stories―this very smart but uneducated man’s attempts at fantasy writing―we learn of the people and tragedies that shaped their lives and those whose lives unravel along with theirs at the seams of race, class, and religion, and where no one ever quite tells the truth.

“In No Place to Pray, James Carpenter fires up the Southern gothic intensity of ten mortal lifetimes. The conscience burns, the prose sings, and his characters’ dreams will haunt your own.” ~ Kafka Prize-winning author Edie Meidav, author of Kingdom of the Young.

No Place to Pray is located at the creative nexus where Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Pryor converge.  Rarely do writers explore, much less depict with insight, irony, and comedy, the endless lower depths of American culture …” ~ Larry Bensky, Executive Producer, “Radio Proust;” and former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review

“… Reading this novel is like wandering through rooms suffused with a rich, smoky scent: simply furnished rooms filled with complex characters stumbling through hard lives, finding moments of grace …” ~ Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time

“No Place to Pray is an astonishing accomplishment. James Carpenter opens the window to a complex hardscrabble community, a part of our country that we rarely see so clearly. His characters navigate a universe that rests on indifference and resignation. Despite the relentless push toward degradation the human spirit pushes back with strength, humor, dignity, and imagination. Drunk or sober, Carpenter’s characters speak their version of truth, sometimes mean, sometimes tender, sometimes violent, sometimes filled with humor and irony, always honest, and always without rounding the rough edges. James Carpenter is a gifted writer. This book is an important addition to our understanding of contemporary America.” ~ Vern Miller, Publisher, Fifth Wednesday Journal