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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, came out in October 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 has exhibited in The Art House in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

Josephine has been a featured author at literary salons and she participated as an author/panelist in the Ohioana 2017, 2018, and 2019 Book Festivals. She has a Power Point presentation which she presents at book clubs and such organizations as DAR and library bookings. 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.

 

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Norma Jenckes
Norma Jenckes
2 years ago

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

Norma Jenckes
Norma Jenckes
2 years ago

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

Norma Kramer
Norma Kramer
3 years ago

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
karen odenbach
4 years ago

do you have another book started (i hope)

Debbie Chapman
Debbie Chapman
4 years ago

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
karen odenbach
4 years ago

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

Ann Hankins Kennedy
Ann Hankins Kennedy
4 years ago

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

Katy Duffell
Katy Duffell
5 years ago

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
Marcia Burke
5 years ago

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
Roselyn Eberle
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Roselyn Eberle

Thanks, Roselyn, for your excitement and support.

carol Hawkins
carol Hawkins
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  carol Hawkins

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
Jackie Smith
5 years ago

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

Jackie Smith
Jackie Smith
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Jackie Smith

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

Deborah Harper
Deborah Harper
5 years ago

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

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Deborah Harper

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

Linda Hall Fordyce
Linda Hall Fordyce
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago

Many thanks, my lifelong friend.

Linda Hall Fordyce
Linda Hall Fordyce
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago

We had such a good time.

Gavin Keenan
Gavin Keenan
5 years ago

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

Josephine Rascoe Keenan
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Gavin Keenan

Thanks, Gavin. Your turn is next!

Barb Nicklas
Barb Nicklas
5 years ago

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
Josephine Rascoe Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Barb Nicklas

Thanks, so much, Barb!

Katy Duffell
Katy Duffell
5 years ago

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
Josephine Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Katy Duffell

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
Jackie Braden
5 years ago

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
Josephine Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Jackie Braden

Thanks, Jackie! I will definitely keep you posted.

Donna Wren
Donna Wren
5 years ago

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
Josephine Keenan
5 years ago
Reply to  Donna Wren

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

Josephine Keenan
Josephine Keenan
5 years ago

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
sharyn fox
5 years ago

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!!!!!