Josephine Rascoe Keenan
After working many years in theatre and film as a director and as an actress, with membership in the professional unions, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association, Josephine launched her encore career as a full-time writer of novels and short stories for young people. On May 2, 2016, her debut novel, In Those First Bright Days of Elvis, Book I of a three-book series of YA novels entitled The Days of Elvis, was published by Pen-L Publishing. Book II, In Those Dazzling Days of Elvis is scheduled to come out in June 2017. The cover art for the series is Josephine’s work. The March 2016 issue of Cricket magazine features her short story, The Petticoat Skipper, about Mary Greene, one of the first female riverboat captains. In 2007, Cricket published her story, Ohoyo Osh Chisba: The Unknown Woman, about the coming of corn to the Choctaw people. Her poem, A Ride on Grandpa’s Foot appeared in Modern Maturity magazine in August 2005. Josephine has had three plays produced in regional theatres: Friends, and Life’s a Butter Dream, both of which toured with Artreach Touring Theatre; and The Center of the Universe, a three-act play chosen as a winner of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s New Play Contest.
When not writing, Josephine enjoys oil painting, square dancing, and cooking Southern dishes, such as hot water cornbread, little lady peas, and grandma’s peach cobbler for friends in Cincinnati, Ohio where she and her husband live with two feline princesses, Molly Underfoot and Katie Katherine Calico. Visit Josephine at http://www.keenannovels.com