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Phillip DePoy, today's guest author, began his work as a writer in 1965 with the Actors and Writers Workshop. Ten years later he had become a published poet and acquired a Master's degree in performance art. Soon thereafter Phillip became a writer in residence for the Georgia Council for the Arts and a nationally reviewed performance artist. In the 1980s he was the composer in residence for the Academy Theatre, and in the 1990s Phillip was the Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit, a professional, Equity theatre. Since then he has served as the director of several university theatre programs.
There have been forty-two productions of his plays, fiction publications including the Flap Tucker mysteries and Fever Devilin novels, and now two new fiction series; one featuring Christopher Marlowe in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, and the other concerning Foggy Moscowitz, a Jewish car thief from Brooklyn working for Child Protective Services in 1970s Florida.
Mr. DePoy's latest book is in the Christopher Marlowe series, The English Agent.
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Before I ran a theatre, before I was a composer in residence, before my first novel series was published, I was Writer in Residence for the Georgia Council for the Arts. It was missionary work: I was sent to rural climes to live and teach and encourage young writers. I loved it, but it was not without its foibles. As a part of my work in each small town, I was often assigned speaking engagements. Usually I addressed a PTA or the local business association. In Tifton, Georgia, I was told I'd be speaking with the Pilot's Club. It seemed an odd task, but I was kind of excited about it. As a kid, I'd been in love with small airplanes--Cessna was my favorite; I thought there was one called a Piper Cub. So, at day's end the night before I was supposed to speak to the club, I went to the library and did my research. I picked up a few impressive technical terms, boned up on the latest planes; really knew my stuff.
The next morning in the banquet hall of the Methodist Church, I appeared before a mostly-female audience, lots of them over 50. So, I started my remarks by saying how impressed I was, as a feminist, at the number of women pilots. Then, for the next half-hour, I stunned them with my acumen. Stunned silence.
I concluded by quoting Amelia Earhart: "The lure of flying is the lure of beauty." And then asked if there were any questions.
After a moment of absolute stillness, a single hand ventured upward.
She said, "Didn't Lydia tell you anything about our organization?"
"Just that it's called the Pilot's Club."
"Yes," she said. "We call it that because Jesus is our Pilot. We don't fly. We work for the betterment of our community. We're a civic group."
I started laughing so hard that I thought I might be sick, which gave my new friends permission to laugh even harder. They were so kind, and so forgiving, that I promised to come back whenever they wanted me--if they wanted me at all--to discuss the spiritual components of my poetry, and my roots and an almost-Episcopal-priest.
Thereafter I was served the best cherry cobbler ever created by human hands.
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From the moment my first was born I instinctively understood there was nothing more terrifying than even the mere thought of losing a child. As I wrote this thriller I often called upon that deeply entrenched terror. Detective Bobbie Gentry has been to the darkest place any woman can be taken and survive. Now she just wants revenge--even if it kills her.
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