So a crazy thing happened at the January 17 meeting of Short Stuff, the author of one of the short stories secretly showed up!
A friend of author R.S. Deeren had seen on Facebook that the Deeren’s short story Her, Guts and All was one of the four pieces being discussed at the Columbus Public Library short story book club Short Stuff. Deeren, who currently resides in the Milwaukee area, could not resist the chance to attend an event where his work was to be featured and discussed. He and a friend participated in the night’s trivia and discussion, while those around him, including the library staff, had no idea who he really was and what they were about to find out. Her, Guts and All happened to be the last short story to be discussed. While other were gushing about how beautifully well-written the piece was, Deeren suddenly spoke up, simply saying, “Thanks. I wrote it.” The room became full of deer in headlight stares as all could not believe their ears and eyes as he went on to show the stunned group the Joyland Magazine website where the story had been published alongside his name and picture.
The night continued on with his telling of how he had heard about this small town library’s event in such an exceptional way; the friend who told him about the event does not even live in Wisconsin but is a social media follower of the Columbus Public Library. He shared in wonderful detail his background and how growing up in the thumb of Michigan impacts and bleeds into his writings. It was a truly magical night.
Many thanks extended for author R.S. Deeren for the spectacular surprise and sharing some short stuff with us.
If you are intrested in reading Her, Guts and All by R.S. Deeren, you can find the story here.