Writing on Wednesday: Me and Phillip Mudd—Unlikely Bedfellows

Phillip Mudd
Phillip Mudd

Two weeks ago former FBI senior intelligence advisor, Phillip Mudd, appeared on The Colson Report, where he talked about Al Qaeda, Syria, and Colin Powel’s WMD speech. Mudd recommends intervention in Syria. When Colbert said, “The American people don’t think so,” his reply was, “I understand.” I don’t think we should intervene in Syria, but I’m looking forward to hearing Mudd speak on October 5 here in Memphis at “Bookstock 2013” at the Memphis Library and Information Center at 1:30 p.m.

Mudd moved to Memphis last fall for a position as director of global risk at SouthernSun Rick Management. He will be signing his book, Take Down: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda.



“Bookstock 2013” is an annual book fair spotlighting over 40 Memphis area authors, Last year’s keynote speaker was Kristen Iversen, author of the best-selling book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.


Awiakta_Marilou_bodyI’ll be signing Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, along with Memphis author and Circling Faith contributor, Marilou Awiakta. Copies of Circling Faith will be available at our table for $15, a portion of which will benefit the Memphis library fund. Some of Marilou’s books may also be available, and she’s fascinating just to visit with, so please come by our table some time on Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Except for 1:30, when I’ll be listening to Phillip Mudd’s keynote address.) Marilou was part of a book signing with Beth Ann Fennelly, Wendy Reed and me in July of 2012 at Burke’s Books. You can read more about that here.

Susan and Marilou signing Circling Faith at Burke's Books, July 2012
Susan and Marilou signing Circling Faith at Burke’s Books, July 2012

So, bring the family and come to the library on October 5. There will be something for everyone—scavenger hunts, kids’ activities, and lots of authors to meet and chat with in an informal setting. Hope to see you there!

P. S. For those who follow my blog regularly, I’m happy to report that I’m having some success kicking the TV habit… yesterday I spent about two hours working on revisions of my novel. Hope to have a repeat performance this afternoon. Thanks for your encouragement and good wishes during my ongoing recovery!

2 thoughts on “Writing on Wednesday: Me and Phillip Mudd—Unlikely Bedfellows”

  1. I’m glad that you are feeling well enough to participate in this event. I have appreciated your candid posts about your recovery and struggles to maintain a writing perspective. Lord knows it’s a struggle for those of us who haven’t been in a horrific accident to maintain a writing schedule! Just wanted to say how happy I am that you are moving toward healing. Your words have been an inspiration.

    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! Writing contributes to my mental health. You can take that any way you want to:-) I do think lots of artists, writers, and musicians are a little bit “crazy”…. I’m so thankful to be healthy enough to get back to work!

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