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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. In May of 2016, Pen-L Publishing released her debut novel, In Those First Bright Days of Elvis, Book I, The Days of Elvis series. Book II of the series, In Those Dazzling Days of Elvis, launched on June 12, 2017.  She is currently working on Book III, In Those Glory Days of Elvis, scheduled to launch in the spring of 2018.  Cricket magazine has published two of her short stories, Mary Greene: The Petticoat Skipper and Ohoyo Osh Chisba: the Unknown Woman, about the coming of corn to the Choctaw people. Her poem, A Ride on Grandpa’s Foot appeared in Modern Maturity magazine in August 2005.  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 had a painting on exhibition in The Art House in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

Josephine has been a featured author at three literary salons and she participated as an author in the Ohioana 2017 Book Festival. She spoke to the book club at the Clifton Branch library in Cincinnati, and to a meeting of young readers at the Oakley Branch library. She is available to discuss her book(s) at your book clubs, and she would love to speak at your neighborhood library or high school.

Follow Josephine at www.keenannovels.com, on Facebook @ Josephine.Keenan1, and onTwitter@JRKeenan01

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Norma Jenckes
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Norma Jenckes

I also love the King and look forward to reading your novels. What a great accomplishment .

Norma Jenckes
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Norma Jenckes

I liked your website and look forward to reading your novels. What a great accomplishment.

Norma Kramer
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Norma Kramer

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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karen odenbach

do you have another book started (i hope)

Debbie Chapman
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Debbie Chapman

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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karen odenbach

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

Ann Hankins Kennedy
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Ann Hankins Kennedy

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

Katy Duffell
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Katy Duffell

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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Marcia Burke

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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Roselyn Eberle

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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carol Hawkins

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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Jackie Smith

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

Jackie Smith
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Jackie Smith

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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Deborah Harper

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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Linda Hall Fordyce

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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Linda Hall Fordyce

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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Gavin Keenan

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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Barb Nicklas

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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Katy Duffell

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 Keenan
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Josephine Keenan

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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Jackie Braden

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 Keenan
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Josephine Keenan

Thanks, Jackie! I will definitely keep you posted.

Donna Wren
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Donna Wren

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 Keenan
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Josephine Keenan

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

Josephine Keenan
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Josephine Keenan

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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sharyn fox

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!!!!!