I spent 30 years teaching high school English to juniors, seniors, and advance placement students before retiring in 2008.. My writing attempts began in 2003 after the death of my older brother, who had always been thought of as the “scribe” of our family.
I wrote a weekly column for the Knoxville Focus from 2004 until 2009. I also wrote a weekly community column for the Knoxville News Sentinel for three years from 2005-2008. In June of 2010 I accepted a job as the community editor for the Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper News and work on a part time basis.
My wife Amy and I have been married for 36 years and have two grown children, Lacey and Dallas, and a grandson Madden.
My work has appeared in eight different Chicken Soup books, as well Low Explosions, an anthology published by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, and several other magazines and newspapers.
Baseball Boys is my first fiction novel. A nonfiction work titled Love the Boy, Love the Game is also ready for publication. Additionally, I have sets of columns on a variety of subjects ready for publication under the title of The Common Is Spectacular, and several of them are available on my blog www.thecommonisspectacular.com.
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Angst, Anger, and Answers
by Joe Rector
Justin Bilbrey is miserable middle school child. His overweight body and overbite are partially to blame for a flaming temper with a hair trigger. He also finds it hard to compete with his athletic older brother and younger sister. To make things worse, he's bullied at school.With the help of friends Carla and Barry and the discovery of music, Justin is able to make changes for a better life.
by Joe Rector
Published: January 28, 2011
Martin Simmons and Ike Stearn become friends in middle school. Both are gifted baseball players. Martin dreams of becoming a professional while Ike wants to become a writer. They reunite after college and form a new and better friendship not based on competition.
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