I’ll speak to your group

NEW! INVITE BIGFOOT: If you invite me to come speak on southern oddities and legends, you can also hire “Bigfoot” (Sweetums in his Bigfoot suit) to join in the fun for an additional fee.

SPECIAL BOOK CLUB OFFER: Free author visit with purchases of my new book “Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter.”

NQR_Cover_this one final aHave you been looking for an upbeat read for your next book club selection? If you think your group would enjoy reading and discussing my new humor book, “Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter,” I have a special offer for you.

  • Book club members will receive a discount on orders of multiple books: Orders of up to 5 copies of NQR will receive a 15 percent discount; orders of 6-25 books will receive a 20 percent discount and orders of 26 or more will receive a 25 percent discount.
  • If book clubs with more than six members order copies at full price, I will come visit your group when you host your discussion after you finish reading. I will come at no cost up to a 90-minute drive from my home (I am in Huntsville, Alabama, so as far as Birmingham or cities in all directions into Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi). If you are more than a 90-minute drive away, I would charge a small stipend, just enough to cover travel expenses.

Other topics

I often speak to church groups, civic clubs, classrooms, historical societies and all kinds of organizations. Sometimes I speak on a topic from one of my books, or I can give a humorous talk. The type of talk determines if there is a fee, but any fees are nominal.

Some topics include:

  • The Quirky World We Live In. Do you know how many Stonehenge replicas are there in the U.S.? Or where the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is located? Or who was Mrs. Jack the Ripper? Anything and everything is on the table for discussion, from roadside attractions to mysterious tales.
  • The Quirky South. A regional take on quirkiness that includes roadside oddities across the south, origins of southern phrases and outsider art, among other things.
  • Historic Properties. Have you ever wondered the story behind abandoned historic asylums that dot the south? Or about quirky sites like the Spaceship House or the haunted Jekyll Island Millionaires’ Club? Ask, and I can answer.
  • Odd Travels. This presentation includes discussions and photos of fun roadside attractions across Alabama.
  • What You Didn’t Learn in Alabama History Class. This can be done in the “straight” or quirky versions, with straight history being little-known facts about Alabama during its “Wild West” days, during the Revolutionary War, towns flooded to create lakes and more, and quirky history including the tale of Mrs. Jack the Ripper, the Wolf Woman of Mobile and ghost towns.
  • Just about any variation of any theme on roadside attractions and fun history.