A Writer at Home: Whitney Terrell

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Alert readers will know that as part of the Library’s Booketology tournament of books, we’re holding a drawing for a basketball signed by acclaimed Kansas City novelist Whitney Terrell.

Well, what Whitney didn’t know when he agreed to be a part of Booketology is that we were secretly planning a literary home invasion.

Sort of. When we stopped by Whitney’s house this past Saturday to get him to sign the ball, we brought the Flip cam and asked if we could have a look inside his study. After all, it’s not every day you get to see a working writer’s office.

Whitney, who is the New Letters Writer-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, kindly obliged and gave us a tour. In the video below, he talks about working on his upcoming novel, how he prefers to bang out first drafts on a typewriter, and how he’s been known to turn to a former professor of his own when he’s stuck.

Don’t forget to vote in the Booketology Championship! The voting closes at midnight, and we’ll announce the winner tomorrow at noon, at which time we'll also find out who gets the honor of owning the only basketball ever signed by Whitney Terrell (at least, unless there's something he's not telling us...).

Meanwhile, save the date: The Writers at Work series continues on Thursday, April 26, 2012, with a conversation between Whitney and novelist/short story writer Adam Johnson.

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Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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Comments:

Literary Home Invasion

What a fun thing to do! Thanks for a look into the creative life of one of our local authors--and to Whitney for sharing.

Really enjoyed the video with this article!

Thanks for this article and the video which takes a true look into the life of a writer. Very interesting and insightful!

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