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Interview with JR Holbrook, author of Next O&W Train From Tennessee


Title: Next O&W Train from Tennessee
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: JR Holbrook
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 123 pages
Release Date: March 30, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-46918-802-7

James Holbrook is the great-great-grandson of Nancy Moody. Nancy Moody was the daughter of Charlot Moody and Johnathon Moody-Johnathon Moody was killed in the Civil War-Nancy Moody being the mother of Armeldia Moody and the grandmother of Raymond Wright, Selby Wright, Clara, Cora, and Edith. This is the second short story of James Holbrook, who also published Making Sense in 2011. James graduated from Sullivan University in 2008 with honors and decided to try the option of writing some short stories and children’s books. What James likes most about writing is creative expression.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I phoned the courthouse where my family is from in Tennessee and a person said my family came to Indiana on the O&W Railroad, but there is also Onida, New York and Ontario, Canada railways.

What is your writing environment like?

Library for at least one hour each day.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

Websites like Coalition of Independent Authors, books like Writer's Digest and Xlibris.

What inspires you to write?

Family history as well as personal experiences.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

It is harder, not easier, all the time.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Persistance, a writer needs to be.


JR Holbrook has traveled to many places in his life and lived in more than just a few places over nearly fi fty years. While in Hawaii, he had many wonderful experiences, and some of these are in his book. He has been to the Grand Canyon, and saw eagles and condors fl y over its enormously high cliffs. When he traveled to Punta Cana and Costa Rica with college students, he had a great learning experience. He was amazed as he watched the water fall over the edge of Niagara Falls. He also enjoys writing and has studied it through the many years while being in college. He has served as a security offi cer for many years and has an interest in legal issues. Most of his family members from his father’s side who lived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, were medical doctors, and this
is also in his book.

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