Profile: Octavia Peck (The Contributor, Nashville, USA)

21 October 2015 by INSP News Service Interview by Karen Chronister, The Contributor Where are you from? I’m a Mississippian. I was raised chopping cotton and picking cotton. My dad owned his own land and I worked for him. We raised cotton and beans, rice, and wheat. I have three sisters and two brothers. I’m the last born. My dad is the baby. He’s 92. He’s the baby? He was my mother’s baby before I came along. I was the last born and not a boy child, so I had it rough. How so? [click here to read the rest of the story…]

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Suzanne – An Interview

“I think there are a lot of people who think they’re too old, or too out of shape. It doesn’t seem to phase Kelly or this community here at Franklin Wheelhouse. I don’t think there’s anyone who would watch someone walk in and think, “Oh wow, they won’t be able to workout.” That would just never happen here.” Suzanne arrives at Franklin Wheelhouse with her signature ginger hair and impish smile. We’re meeting on an off-workout day, so she’s in between her work  at Centennial High School and getting her granddaughter from Pre-K.  Family? Married to Doug. Two kids, Adam and Sara and I have one grandchild, Zoe. Have you always lived here? I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. I moved here in 1981 to Nashville and married my husband Doug. He was the Assistant Dean of Students at Vanderbilt and I got my MBA from Belmont. Then we […]

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Spalding MFA Alumni Interview – A Day in the Life

On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet Summer 2014 graduate Karen Chronister, a fiction and travel writer based in Franklin, Tennessee. When Karen isn’t working on her own writing she’s helping other creatives to market their writing.  Karen has a wholistic approach to life and writing and I know I could definitely take a page out of her book to put into my daily routing. Now, let’s hear from Karen: When did you graduate? July 2014 (Berlin/Prague Residency) What are your favorite books? Oh, wow. Charlotte’s Web, The Essays of E. B. White, Rebecca, Pride and Prejudice, The Forgotten Garden, Olive Kitteridge. It’s more about authors and stories…Elizabeth Strout, Daphne du Maurier, Victoria Holt, Kate Morton, Jane Austen, Frank O’Connor, my Spalding professors…I read a lot of print travel magazines, too. Do you hold a full-time job other than writing? I have a freelance marketing business, […]

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Rob Hendon — He Paints Guitars

Occupation: Artist Location: Nashville, TN ROB HENDON: “I’m Inspired by the Acoustic Guitar…It Represents Songwriting” There’s a gratefulness to your paintings. A positivity. It’s out of sheer enjoyment. And, I love to paint. People notice faces in my paintings. Everyone sees something positive. I seriously paint, but I don’t take myself seriously. I don’t worry about criticism. Like songwriting, I’m doing what I love. I’ve been lucky enough to find a niche to make a living. Not everyone gets to write songs or paint for a living. Some days, it’s easy; you can write a song or paint fast. And, other days, you have to go back to it and keep working. It’s what I watched for years on Music Row with songwriters. So many similarities. That’s true. You spent time on Music Row before taking up painting. Twenty years. My favorite job was A & R at Capitol Records in my […]

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Jon Decious of TOWNE

Occupation: Musician, All Around Farm Hand Band/Duo: TOWNE Location: Nashville, TN Birthplace: Somerset, KY “Runnin’ Into You” by TOWNE (Games We Play EP) Good morning, Jon! You Devious Angel, you… Morning to you too, Karen! Thanks for having me. Our duo actually just changed our name to TOWNE—but I don’t mind still getting called a devious angel. It’s still pretty accurate. What’s an “all around farm hand” doing in Nashville? As an “all around farm hand” in Nashville, I’m trying to write and record great songs so I don’t have to be an “all around farm hand” anymore. It keeps the lights on, and honestly, I’ve really been fortunate to get the opportunity to make money doing work that is more physically than mentally straining. I can’t tell you how many songs have been started or finished riding in circles on a mower or chainsawing a tree.  When did you start your journey as […]

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