Award-winning author visits Eupora with new book

From Press Reports


Brandon resident and Mississippi State University graduate John M. Floyd will sign copies of his latest mystery/suspense short story collection, “Deception” (Dogwood Press, 2013), at the Webster County Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. First-edition signed copies will be available for $24.95 plus tax.

Floyd, who won the coveted Derringer Award in 2007 for short mystery fiction, has been praised by national bestselling authors Douglas Preston, Steve Hamilton, Marcus Sakey and Mississippi legend Nevada Barr.

Jan Burke, author of the Irene Kelly mysteries, said of “Deception,” “John Floyd gives us finely crafted and entertaining stories, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.” The second story in “Deception,” “Turnabout,” was included among Other Distinguished Mystery Stories in “The Best Mystery Stories of 2012” (Mariner Books, 2012).

“’Deception’ is another set of 30 mystery/suspense stories, and I’m very excited about it. Just about every story has a little twist at the end,” Floyd said. His first three collections, “Rainbow’s End,” “Midnight” and “Clockwork,” were also published by Dogwood Press. “There are police procedurals, nostalgia, westerns, and humor — including eight more stories with retired schoolteacher Angela Potts and local sheriff Charles ‘Chunky’ Jones.”

Floyd, a former Air Force captain, worked for IBM Corp. for 30 years. He began writing professionally in 1994 and has published more than 1,000 stories and features in widely read publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He teaches creative writing at Millsaps College’s Enrichment Program in Jackson. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They have lived in Brandon since 1974.

“It’s an honor to work with John. He’s a close friend and a fantastic writer,” said Joe Lee, editor-in-chief of Dogwood Press and the author of the suspense thriller “Last Chance Texaco” (Dogwood Press, 2012). “If you’ve never read his work, this is a chance for you to meet a true master of the genre. And ‘Deception’ is arguably his best book, which is saying a lot.”

The Webster County Public Library is located at 445 W. Fox Ave. To reserve signed copies of “Deception” or any of Floyd’s books, call 258-7515. Admission to the event is free.

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