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After spending many years in professional theatre and film as an actress and director, Josephine Rascoe Keenan expanded her writing efforts from diaries and journals, which she’d kept from age eleven, to novels and short stories for young people. Currently under contract with Pen-L Publishing to publish In Those First Bright Days of Elvis, she has recently had a new short story accepted by Cricket magazine entitled Mary Greene: The Petticoat Skipper. Her poem, A Ride on Grandpa’s Foot appeared in Modern Maturity magazine in August 2005. In 2007 Cricket published her story entitled Ohoyo Osh Chisba: the Unknown Woman, about the coming of corn to the Choctaw people. Three of her plays have been produced in regional theatres: Friends and Life’s a Butter Dream, both of which played for a year to tristate school children; and The Center of the Universe, a three-act play that was chosen as a winner of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s New Play Contest.

Another of her artistic endeavors is oil painting. Josephine had a show in Vevay, Indiana, of her paintings in 2012, and recently had a painting on exhibition in The Art House in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

Josephine was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas, aka the center of the universe, south Arkansas’s oil patch, where people indeed wear shoes, and sometimes travel all the way to Dallas or New York to get them. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two cats, who are princesses of the household.

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Norma Kramer
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Hi Josephine, As I told you I loved your first novel and now I am awaiting the second. Do you have a photo blush releas date yet ?

karen odenbach
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do you have another book started (i hope)

Debbie Chapman
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Wow, Josephine, I am so impressed with your many talents. I am so glad that I visited your Facebook page and found this. We all dance together, but we know so little about each other’s lives. You are very talented. I sure hope that you are feeling better. Hugs!

karen odenbach
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for the lovely lady who has many, many talents and looks

Ann Hankins Kennedy
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You are such a talented cousin! Congratulations on all of your success! Merry Christmas!

Katy Duffell
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Hi honey. I was amazed to see how many of your paintings you have added to the website. They are so good. Hope writing is going well. see you on skype soon. x

Marcia Burke
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Hi Josephine,
After reading the short message about your life, I am so impressed how really talented you are, as I only know you in our oil painting class. I so enjoy your humorous personality.
Can’t wait to read one of your books, so excited to call you one of my very creative friends.

Roselyn Eberle
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Josephine, this is so exciting about your book! I can’t wait to get my copy. I’m so proud of all your accomplishments and your paiintings are beautiful!! Congratulations, my friend.

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Thanks, Roselyn, for your excitement and support.

carol Hawkins
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Josephine, My son Bill opened the Elvis Presley Restaurant,met and married his wife there as well, so they both are very informed on Elvis, I asked him, his opinion on the title of your book ,his answer was ” if you put Elvis’s name on it it well sell.”If you would like a personal talk with him, just let me know, well give you necessary information to get him. You have made a great decision, in your book title, can’t wait to get my copy. See you out
on the dance floor.

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Thank you, Carol! I’m so glad to hear your son’s opinion. Next time I go through Memphis, I would like to eat at his restaurant.

Jackie Smith
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How exciting!!! Having a PUBLISHED!!! I love the title, (I wouldn’t change it for the world).

Jackie Smith
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How exciting!!! Having a book PUBLISHED!! I love the title, (I wouldn’t change it for the world). I didn’t know I was dancing with a woman of so many talents & accomplishments!! You are a pleasure to know & dance with!!

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Jackie, your kind words are much appreciated. I am so glad to be a part of the Square Dance community.

Deborah Harper
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Omg! A secret life! Actress,writer,what else? You go girl! So proud!

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Thanks so much for visiting my website, and for your words of praise.

Linda Hall Fordyce
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Since kindergarten I been touched by your rich and intelligent depth, passion and talent. Now I get to revisit the wonder of your personality again by reading your book and other works. So very proud of you, dear friend.

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Many thanks, my lifelong friend.

Linda Hall Fordyce
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Being with you growing up was a rich experience for me. I can’t wait to read your book, and all of your work, to

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

We had such a good time.

Gavin Keenan
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Congratulations, my very talented cousin. Great news and a great website. I can’t wait for my copy!

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Thanks, Gavin. Your turn is next!

Barb Nicklas
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So excited for you! Can’t wait to read this book. I know it will bring back memories of an era we loved so dearly.

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Josephine Rascoe Keenan

Thanks, so much, Barb!

Katy Duffell
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Well, well, so you have a website now. Hope all is proceeding with the book, and are both well. We haven’t skyped for a while.

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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The website is still undergoing changes, but at least it’s underway. Yes, we must Skype soon. Have you found a house yet?

Jackie Braden
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Josephine, I like your website and can’t wait to read “In Those First Bright Days of Elvis”! Hope to see your wonderful artwork on the cover when it is published-keep us posted!

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Thanks, Jackie! I will definitely keep you posted.

Donna Wren
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Josephine, I was so thrilled to see the news on your
new book. I know your uncle Victor and aunt Opal
would be so proud of you. I loved you so much. Donna

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Donna, thanks for visiting my website and for your sweet message. Hope your zinnias are blooming by now!

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
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Thanks, Sharyn, for visiting the website and especially for leaving a comment! The book isn’t out yet, but I’ll keep you updated on when to look for it.

sharyn fox
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This is so exciting–I am square dancing with an author–I can’t wait to get your latest endeavor(book about Elvis)–Is it in the stores yet? very nice website!!!!!

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