Knoxville: A Literary City

One of the reasons I enjoy living in Knoxville so much is that I’m constantly surprised by what you can unearth if you look hard enough. Knoxville is the home of many talented makers, artists and, yes, writers. In fact, we were the first designated Etsy Maker City, something I’m very proud of! I have friends and family who follow their creative and entrepreneurial muses to sell handmade ceramics and jewelry, and I’m constantly amazed by how many talented people I know.

Covers of "Knoxville Mermaid" and "Curse Me Not," by Eleanor Scott and Elizabeth Fisher.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting talented local writers, too. I thought I’d feature two of them–and their books–on today’s blog.

The first is Eleanor Scott, the author of Knoxville Mermaid, which calls itself a children’s book, but is more like an enchantingly illustrated, multi-personalitied poem. The title is inspired by the old Appalachian murder ballad, “The Knoxville Girl,” and the whimsy of it is equally layered in dark mythology. Eleanor Scott worked with local illustrator Adam Pernell Deal to create this lovely, gold-lettered and linen-bound book. They oversaw its publication and are selling limited, numbered editions of it right here in Knoxville. You can find it at The Book Eddy or at Union Ave Books.

Closeup of "Knoxville Mermaid," with green linen cover and gold lettering on the front.

I love the book, and its contemplation of the water that flows under the city, forgotten and home to … who knows what? Its scruffy and beautiful all at once, much like Knoxville herself.

My second featured writer of the day is Elizabeth Fisher, the sassy fireball of a personality behind Curse Me Not, a Southern tale of steamy romance and urban fantasy. In this book the main character–Elzetta Swan–discovers that with menopause comes a rare ability: she can see and cure cursed auras. In the midst of tracking down a shady character who goes too far with his curses, Elzetta discovers she is falling for the police captain, a handsome, skeptical widower. This book is quirky and bold, and borders on downright raunchy, so beware! (Or be delighted!)

Closeup of Elizabeth Fisher's "Curse Me Not," with a woman's eyes gazing out over mystical symbols on the cover.

I hope you track down these two lovely Knoxville tales, and enjoy. And … stay tuned. It’s possible I may have a literary announcement of my own in the coming weeks.

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