LocalLit is newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. Each week a new short story by a local author – or a review of a book written by a local author – is sent directly to subscribers email.
Blevins was featured in a 2018 Herald-News story when he received an honorable mention at a juried photography exhibit hosted by Gallery Seven.
Next week's short story is by Maureen Blevins of New Lenox. Recently Blevins spoke via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.
Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.
Blevins: I’ve dabbled at writing since I was in high school and have been published a number of times in a variety of places. To date, my published pieces have been personal essays, travel pieces, and some journalistic type interviews. This will be my first published bit of fiction.
Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?
Blevins: I like writing in general. Writing about people is always interesting - some of their stories are fascinating. And I always have fictional scenarios going on in my head.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Blevins: It takes place on a hot summer day in a place not unlike the Joliet area when a tornado strikes.
Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?
Blevins: No book yet, but I am seriously working on a couple of children’s books and a photo book, as my other passion is photography. I have my blog Positively Tuesday, a travel blog, and I edit two publications for a regional classic car club.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Blevins: Maureenblevins.blogspot.com, MauveOnTheMove.com
Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author – or a review of a book written by a local author – to the newsletter's subscribers.
Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words.
Past LocalLit authors have included Ken McGee of Plainfield, Norm Cowie of Chicago, Tom Hernandez of Plainfield, Vanessa Stephens of Joliet, Anne Anderson of Sandwich, Joshua Henderson of Joliet and Carolyn Hill of New Lenox.
More LocalLit authors have been Sharon Houk of Joliet, James Guseman of Oswego, Allison Rios of Joliet, Colleen Robbins of Joliet, Diane Maciejewsk of Elgin, Denise Issert of Wilmington, Bill McCormick of Chicago and J.Terence (the pen name of Joe Wengler) of Plainfield.
LocalLit authors also have included Larry Zoeller of Downers Grove, Robert Hafey of Joliet, Ramesh Shah of St. Charles, Dawn Plestina of New Lenox, Wendy Bialek of St. Charles, Vern Coop of Joliet, Richard Krause of Sycamore, Julie Panasik of Elburn, Janice Hightower of Yorkville, Donald Bingle of St. Charles and J.L. Callison of Aurora.
Also Julie Robertson of St. Charles, Susan Werner of St. Charles, Bill Herring of Romeoville, Razia Fasih Ahmad of St. Charles and Irina Zlatogorova of St. Charles,
Featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.
To submit a story or book for review, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or email@example.com. To sign up for the newsletter and read Blevins' story on Tuesday, visit theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.