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Preston Lewis

Preston Lewis Speaking at SAWC

On November 13, Preston Lewis, the Spur Award-winning author of more than 30 western, juvenile and historical novels on the Old West, spoke to the San Angelo Writers Club about historical research and how he uses his findings to incorporate humor into his novels of the Old West. Preston is best known for his comic western series, The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax. Preston’s latest novel, Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press, won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for western humor.  The national award was presented in a ceremony in Fort Worth the last weekend in October. Preston holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Baylor and Ohio State, where he was a Kiplinger Fellow. He earned a second master’s degree in U.S. history at Angelo State University. Lewis is a past president of Western Writers of America and the West Texas Historical Association, which named him a fellow in 2016.

Preston Signing His Books

Lewis’s  Bluster’s Last Stand is the fourth book in The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series. Previous books in the series include The Demise of Billy the Kid, The Redemption of Jesse James, and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral. The latter two were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America.

When he is not writing or researching, Lewis enjoys traveling and photographing historic sites of the Old West and the Civil War. For more information, visit Preston’s website.

Lewis and Captivated Audience

Kathy Keaton – Writing Humor

Kathy Keaton

Kathy Keaton, aka Piccolo the Clown, gave the May San Angelo Writers Club (SAWC) program on writing humor. The occasion for her talk was the recent publication of her new book Prescription Humor: The Compassionate Application of Medicinal Humor. For the last 15 years, Kathy has been employed at the San Angelo Community Medical Center as a Therapeutic Hospital Clown.

Kathy as Piccolo

Kathy Keaton is a motivational and keynote speaker. Her message is timeless: laughter can help us lead a happier and healthier life. In her book and speaking appearances she gives examples of the positive effcts of laugher on our well-being. Her alter ego, Piccolo, is an award-winning clown. Kathy is a board member of the Texas Clown Association and a member of the World Clown Association. After three-years of study at the Humor Academy of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, she was one of the first to be awarded a designation as a Certified Humor Proessional (CHP).

In her talk, Kathy admonished us to better understand our own sense of humor in order to blend it into the characters in our books. From Kathy’s handout: “A sense of humor is a powerful tool/trait that can be used to add depth to your writing as well as help you connect with others in the real world plus add health benefits for you life.” She suggested that we keep a humor notebook to help us define our sense of humor and to construct humorous situations for our characters.

Kathy’s book Prescription Humor: The Compassionate Application of Medicinal Humor was published in January 2018 and available on Amazon. The book is a collection of life stories collected from over forty years of experience. Her message is that humor and personel connection can improve even the most difficult situations. It is about using humor to provide moments of laughter and bring relief to the stress of difficult situations.

Kathy Signing Her Book

During her presentation Kathy had the club members stand and led us in exercises to limber up our funny bones and to improve our health and attitudes. Kathy lingered after the meeting to sign books and chat with the members. Connect with Kathy Keaton/Piccolo the Clown on her website.