Sunday, June 17, 2012

Back to Work? Maybe

I've been looking over one of Mom's stories and I'm seriously considering picking another one to publish.

There are so many and I hate to see them just sit after we did so much work the last 2 years.

I think the next thing for me to do is figure out a marketing strategy. I can pretend that I'm I. C. Talbot or simply be the editor. I'll have to think about it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Passing of a Great Lady

Born in 1923 in the little town of North Kingsville, Ohio, and growing up in the Great Depression. Irene E. Stewart went to a little school where she knew everyone for all twelve years. She graduated Valedictorian in a class of 13 students. She then went on to the Ashtabula Business College, the first woman in her family to seek higher education.

Her first job was as a typist. Then she worked as a secretary for a firm of lawyers until the firm dissolved during WWII. She married John D. Callahan in 1945. They had two daughters, Diane E. (Callahan) Moore a costume designer and Kathleen A. (Callahan) Jordan an e-book author.

Irene landed a job with the New York Central Railroad in the 1940's. When it merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1964, the Reclaimation Plant closed. From there she went to work for Union Carbide in their Linde` Division until she retired.

When the economy went south in the 1970's she bought and operated the Leeward Lounge. She married Roy L. Talbot in 1976. Irene and Roy Talbot were very active in the Harbor Restoration project and the Ashtabula County License Beverage Association, until they retired in 1988. They traveled in extensively an RV, where Irene began writing short stories. They finally settled in Kentucky in 2005 when they could no longer travel or battle the northeastern Ohio winters.

With the help and support of her daughters, Irene published several short stories on and Barnes & Noble under the name of I. C. Talbot. She was working on a collection of short stories at the time of her passing.

She will be remembered for her courage and common sense by all whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Roy L. Talbot, her daughters Diane and Kathleen, her grandsons Nevin & Carl and many other beloved members of her extended family.

She passed away on January 18th, 2012 of a sudden heart attack. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mitzi's Exit - New Short Story

Just released - 'Mitzi's Exit' is the lastest in the Icy Road collection.

Mitzi's Exit - Smashwords

I'm still working on the first large collection. I've found a better way to get all the stories together: Scrivener. It works very well on a collection of short stories. So when I decide to print them, the front and back matter are already in place.

Saves me some work.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


"Do You Have an Aunt Cecilia?" has appeared as a free e-book on Barnes & Noble website.

We are thrilled to see how many copies are going out to readers all over.

Thank you!

PS - "Doyle Road Bridge" the first collection has stalled because I'm working on proofs for the paperback of my first novel. This is a delay, not a derailment. Tkx - KJ

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Finalist Covers

These are the two covers that Mom chose.

This is the cover she wants for inside the book.

This is going to be the icon cover. The colors are going to scream "PICK ME!" at the reader.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Covers

Although I do not know you personally, your art work on the covered-bridge cover for my first book is inspiring enough to entice a reader to turn its first page. Thank you for your efforts on my behalf. I have a long-term love affair with the covered bridge, having lived a long life in Ashtabula County, Ohio, where covered bridges abound. There they found that a covered bridge far outlasts the steel bridge, cost less to install, and beautifies its surroundings. Thanks again. I. C. Talbot.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Are We There Yet?

Okay, one more time.

This might be it.