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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Guest Blog: Wylie Graham McLallen



Author Interview




I am happy to have Wylie Graham McLallen as my guest today. Thank you, Wylie, for joining me on my website.



McLallen portrait

 Author, Wylie Graham McLallen




Wylie, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?




My father was a businessman who was an avid reader of history and so there were always interesting books around the house to read and absorb. I grew up a reader, and as a reader, naturally became a fluid and interested writer. I received a BA in History at the University of Tennessee and worked for various corporations in various positions, but always I read and wrote. My wife and I have been living in Vancouver, British Columbia for thirty years and have raised two now grown children. Even though I have now reached the status of “senior citizen” I still consider myself to be in growth mode, maybe more than ever, and am interested in, if not all things, most things.




What books have you written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?


Tigers by the River

Book Cover: "Tigers by the River"



Although "Tigers by the River" was written to appeal to anybody, the genre is definitely Sports History, and I realize that sports fans, particularly football fans, and history buffs would be more interested in reading it. The audience is for all ages.  I have provided a link to the book: Tigers by the River




What prompted you to write what you did?  Where do you get your writing inspiration? What message do you want readers to take away?


I was writing a novel about a young man who is such a complete football fanatic that his mood and temper is determined by how well his favorite professional team does on the field each week. I felt I needed more historical background and knew of an old pro team in Memphis that my father watched growing up and said were the best in the nation. So I went to the library and could find nothing about them in the stacks, not even an article in a magazine. It was suggested that I go through microfilm of old newspapers. This is what I did, and as I scanned the old newspapers a great story was being told as it happened fifty years before and I knew it had to be shared. What I would like readers to take away from Tigers by The River is a better sense of the beginning of professional football, how different it was, and the extraordinary effort many people made back then in the struggle to achieve something lasting in sports for both players and spectators.




Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?



I have written dozens of short stories and a couple have been accepted by publications. Below is a link for one of them.


Short Stories




What do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?



When writing becomes a true and elemental expression of the world as you see it, then you are achieving something that is very difficult to do because it takes much deep thought and discipline. There’s nothing easy about writing, just like there’s nothing easy about living.



What’s next for you after your book?



I am working on a book about a literary icon as a young writer before he becomes famous.


What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?



That hope springs eternal and life gets better the longer you live it.




How can we follow or contact you?


WGMcLallen on Wordpress.com




Where can readers buy your books?



Amazon.com and Sunbury Press.com




Thank you for an insightful interview into the life of a writer.



I wish everyone a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving.

For now, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!




Jess Steven Hughes



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