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Monday, April 4, 2016


I've been thinking about an old friend a lot lately - a wonderful man who is greatly missed by many.

I met Kent Conwell in 2008 at a writer's group. I had the chance to hear him speak with several different groups after that, and I quickly realized he was a natural mentor, not just to aspiring writers, but to everyone he met.

This author of more than 40 books, numerous short stories and articles became a favorite speaker and friend to many. He encouraged me to try my hand at writing a western short story which I eventually published with Rope and Wire.

Unfortunately, I was never able to share the story with him, or get his invaluable input on my tale. My last visit with him in 2012 included an interview. Just as the publisher was going to press with it, we received word Conwell had passed. The interview was pulled from the magazine, but I ran it here on my blog. You can read that interview here.

Kent, thank you for your friendship and valuable time - you are greatly missed by so many!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry he passed. Shame the magazine didn't print the article later as a tribute.

Jessica Ferguson said...

Good interview, Sylvia. I agree with Alex. SWM should have printed it as a tribute.

Here's an interview I did with Kent when he taught for me at Lamar. http://lamarwritesite.blogspot.com/2008/07/meet-kent-conwell-writing-novel.html

Funny thing ... we tried to write a romance together once. We didn't last through the first chapter but it was so much fun! :)


Sheena-kay Graham said...

A shame the magazine did not print it but you posted it anyway so good for you. Offering our time to others is one of the most valuable things we can do.

Sylvia Ney said...

Jessica - thank you for sharing your interview of Kent. His birthday is what had me thinking of him so much lately. Facebook sent me a reminder that it was his birthday and it was like a small stab to the heart. TOO many friends are gone now :-(

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