Josephine Rascoe Keenan
Josephine Rascoe Keenan grew up in Arkansas’s oil patch, El Dorado, city of “black gold.” 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, Pen-L Publishing launched 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. In June of 2017, Pen-L launched the second book in the series, In Those Dazzling Days of Elvis. 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. Three of her plays have been 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, (the cover art for her books is her own work), square dancing, and cooking Southern dishes, such as hot water cornbread, little lady peas, and grandma’s peach cobbler. Follow Josephine at http://www.keenannovels.com, on Facebook @ Josephine.Keenan1, and onTwitter@JRKeenan01.