Steve Meador is the author of Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, a poetry book that was an entrant for a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He is widely published in online and print journals. He has been a real estate broker since the early 1980s and currently lives and practices in the Tampa, FL, area.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I have been in love with words, reading and writing, since my first day in school. I could not get enough of the Alice and Jerry stories in Mrs. Hamilton's first grade class at Carrie E. Gould Elementary in Savannah. I remember thinking about those simple adventures as I walked to and from school. Like many boys of the 1950s and '60s The Hardy Boys, The Black Stallion, How and Why science books all captured my imagination and sent me to countless hours of daydreaming. Frankly, even in high school and college, while others were finding shortcuts, I found textbooks, particularly those historical in nature, to be immensely interesting, whether art, music or just plain history.

The book that pushed me on the road to writing was Jesse Stuart's The Thread that Runs So True. Maybe because he was from Kentucky and I was a West Virginian there was something in his descriptions of the hills and people that hooked me. Maybe it was his language. Maybe the hard life while growing up. Maybe the dream and actions to be better, to go somewhere, while all the while remaining truly humble and loyal to where he came from. It was a little of all those things and more, but one thing is sure, I was reeled in.

So, I will try to post every few days a little about my past writing and work my way to current pieces. I will post some of the pieces, along with background. If you are a writer, it will give you a peek at how someone else does it. Right or wrong, strange or common, it will be worth following.

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