Reynolds Homestead will host Ibby Greer for a Wednesday, June 7, author talk. Elizabeth Taylor Greer will discuss her late husband’s legal history, The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 (2002). Greer edited the work. And she’s done a whole lot more. For a quick sample, we checked in with the Roanoke resident, a woman of words and brushes, on her current creative direction.
BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: You edited The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, but you have quite a range.
ETG: I do enjoy editing, but, yes, I write and paint as well. The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 was, of course, a very special effort, since I worked on it with my late husband [Thomas Keister Greer, Esq. 1921-2008], but I’ve also now edited 16 books for other authors and gotten them published through CreateSpace. This week, I’ll also be discussing my own work, Moonshine Corner.
BCR: Is that a legal history as well?
ETG: Moonshine Corner: Keys to Rocky Mount is a novel but it uses some of the same historic material. It’s a ghost story that involves time travel. It’s set in three points in time: 1864, 1933, and 2014.
BCR: Those are all dramatic points, each for different reasons.
ETG: Yes, there’s inspiration everywhere. There’s no shortage of material.
BCR: What’s inspiring you now?
ETG: I’m currently working on a cozy mystery set in the horse world of north Florida. There are more than 900 horse farms in that area.
BCR: And, no doubt, countless opportunities for intrigue. So we’ve got editing, and writing mystery and ghostly time travel. What else do you have your hands in?
ETG: I primarily write fiction. But I’ve also published a free verse memoir. I assembled my late husband’s notes for his memoir, and I wrote an epistolary novel, Moving Day: A Season of Letters. That was set in Colorado. I have also put together an adult coloring book and have written two books for children.
BCR: Certainly, no one’s going to pin down Ibby Greer!
ETG: Not if I can help it! I like to share my writing and have written for all age groups, from young children to older people. And I enjoy public speaking about writing and my books.
BCR: And we’ll get a chance to hear you on Wednesday. wWe haven’t even talked about your gourds! But we’ll do that next time. For now, how about leaving us with a reading recommendation.
ETG: I’m currently reading Michael Connelly’s legal thrillers. I enjoy his blend of narrative and dialogue.
BCR: Thanks for the chat. Have a great presentation on Wednesday.