August 3, 2018
Yaaaasss! Just finished the first draft of my Sweet Wine of Youth trilogy’s final book. I’ll let it marinate for a few weeks then it’s on to revisions. Tentative release date is St. Patrick’s Day. Seems to make sense for a story set mostly in Ireland. ☘️
July 24, 2018
Wow–quite the morning wake-up news! BOTH of my novels have been long listed for the Goethe Book Awards. Really humbled and proud to be included in this list of very talented fellow writers. Thanks to the Goethe judges and good luck to all on the short listing. 👍📘📙✌️
July 20, 2018
Many thanks to the talented Nancy Jardine, fellow historical fiction author, for featuring me on her blog today. Have a read about jazz, avant-garde Paris, the Dadaists and more.
June 29, 2018
What a blast at Charlie’s American Cafe in Norfolk tonight. Kathy Martin Cheek emceed WHRO’s The Writer’s Block, chocked full of talented authors and poets. I read from None of Us the Same an early scene at Uncle Johnny’s lighthouse. Here we are. Blurry shot but you can still tell what fun we had, right?
June 26, 2018
I am delighted and proud to have a guest post featured on the multi-talented Helen Hollick’s Of History and Kings blog today. Wondering about the birth of a certain naughty word? I originally posted it on my blog and know you’ll enjoy checking out Helen’s site and reading it there.
June 19, 2018
I really enjoy giving author talks. This one was for all of the Governor’s Land neighborhood’s book clubs in Williamsburg, Virginia. What a friendly and engaging group who asked terrific questions. Thanks for organizing the event and inviting me, Mish Kara.
June 18, 2018
I am very happy to donate copies of my two books to the terrific organization Clear Path For Veterans. Let me share their laudable mission statement: “Recognizing the responsibility of communities to help those who serve, Clear Path for Veterans empowers Veterans, active service members, and their families through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment.” Check them out.
June 14, 2018
I am stoked to be interviewed by Chris Coker for an upcoming show on his Suit Soldier podcast. Chris, a prior-service Army Officer and Airborne Ranger, is committed to helping veterans transition into new job opportunities and businesses understand the unique talents and capabilities these fine people bring. I’ll be discussing my Air Force career and how I meandered my way to becoming an author. I’ll keep you posted on when the podcast will air.
June 10, 2018
The people you meet while signing books. I had the pleasure of chatting with a reader from Texas, another from Illinois and a third from Vermont who want to discuss having me “visit” their book clubs via Skype or FaceTime. It’s been a nice, continental kind of day.
June 8, 2018
Pssst. I snuck one in on you. In celebration of my awards and my average review rating of 4.9 stars, I invite you to grab your ebook copy of None of Us the Same for only 99 cents on Amazon. That’s right, 99 pennies and boom, it’s on your Kindle. But hurry. This is a short but sweet deal just for you.
May 29, 2018
Very pleased to receive a strong endorsement in this Historical Novel Society review.
May 20, 2018
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk hosted an appreciative crowd on Sunday who gathered to hear me and 4 amazing authors/poets read from our recent work. I read chapter fourteen from Truly Are the Free which describes an African-American WWI soldier’s unfortunate and unexpected experience when he returns to the U.S. via Newport News. This chapter always seems to quiet listeners and draw them into the unsettling scene. I was honored to be among such noted writers as Robert P. Arthur, who has published numerous works and was twice a finalist for Poet Laureate of Virginia.
March 23, 2018
GREAT NEWS from the U.K.-based The Wishing Shelf Awards! I am proud to announce my novel None of Us the Same has won a 2017 bronze medal for best adult fiction. This is a thrilling feat and I am very pleased and excited. I hope you’ll share my good news.
March 18, 2018
Tune in this morning at 11 a.m. to WHRV 89.5 FM to hear the premier broadcast of The Writer’s Block: The Lorraine Hansberry Edition. The show features several talented poets and authors, as well as Narissa Bond’s music. I was honored to be one of the featured artists. I hope you’ll listen as I read an excerpt from Truly Are the Free. If you can’t tune in today, you can listen anytime here.
March 9, 2018
The P.E.O. women and the B.I.L. men welcomed me most graciously to speak about the history of WWI, its aftermath and how I was drawn to this remarkable and tragic era as the setting for my historical trilogy. A great evening with a very well-informed and engaged group that put me through my paces! Many thanks to Teri Collins for the invitation and arranging a wonderful event.
March 7, 2018
Pinch me. The venerable Helen Hollick at Discovering Diamonds just notified me that Truly Are the Free has received a Discovered Diamond award. This is a big deal within historical fiction and I am delighted. Thank you, Helen!
February 23, 2018
Wow. I somehow missed this in my inbox but the fine people at indieBRAG poked me. Once again I have been honored with an award from these fine people. “We are proud to announce that TRULY ARE THE FREE by Jeffrey K. Walker is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!” Thank you so much, indieBRAG!
February 23, 2018
So honored to read from Truly Are the Free at WHRV / WHRO Studios for The Writer’s Block: The Lorraine Hansberry Edition. An extraordinarily talented group of writers performed plus the powerhouse singer Narissa Bond told stories through her music. An amazing night. Stay tuned at jeffreykwalker.com for details on when this will air. Thank you, Barbara Hamm Lee, the WHRO/WHRV staff, Kathy Martin and Barry Graham. Please support public media.
February 23, 2018
I’m quite pleased and honored to share this excellent news. I just heard BOTH my recent books, None of Us the Same and Truly Are the Free, are finalists in the UK-based The Wishing Shelf 2017 Book Awards!
I’ll be reading from Truly Are the Free tonight at the WHRO studios, our NPR station, for their “The Writer’s Block” program.
February 7, 2018
Met an impressive group of well-read and inquisitive women ready to delve into a discussion of None of Us the Same. Thank you, Susan Fournier, for inviting me to visit your book club. I appreciated the sincere curiosity and detailed questions. I really had fun.
Late Jan – Early Feb 2018
COSTA RICA! What an amazing place. Everyone who has visited always says they had an incredible trip here and now I know why. Definitely put it on your bucket list. Details in my Feb 11th blog post.
January 11, 2018
Great kick off to book club visits in this new year with an engaging, knowledgeable group led by Ellen Masla. I truly enjoyed our discussion of None of Us the Same. Nice to hear of your interest in Truly Are the Free as well. Thanks so much for inviting me.
December 23, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came by Barnes and Noble to say hello, stay and chat, and/or buy my books! I had a terrific time meeting so many wonderful, friendly people who love to read historical fiction. We sold out early of None of Us the Same but fortunately had enough copies of Truly Are the Free to appease. My thanks to manager Albert Kurtyka and the New Town Barnes and Noble for hosting me.
December 19, 2017
Finding authentic voices for historical characters is an ongoing challenge for me. I share a little of my process in a guest post on fellow Historical Fiction author M.K. Tod’s excellent blog this morning.
November 5-20, 2017
Traveled to Indonesia. Enjoyed being back in such a cool country but upon my return home, the jetlag really hit me hard. Ouch.
October 23, 2017
What fun discussing None of Us the Same with this wonderful group of readers and writers led by Nancy Deming-May. Nancy had really done her homework and asked many insightful questions which I thoroughly enjoyed answering. Plus, the food, the water, the wine… what’s not to like? Thanks for having me, ladies.
October 7, 2017
Great to meet so many friendly and interesting people at the Williamsburg Book Festival. Thanks for coming out, everyone. And did you get to hear Kathryn Aalto? What an energetic, curious, talented author.
June 28, 2017
I was pleased to be the Spotlight Member at James River Writers’ “The Writing Show” at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA. I read a passage from None of Us the Same. Wonderful writing group of which I am proud to be a member.
June 19, 2017
I enjoyed my fun interview discussing None of Us the Same on Army Wife Talk Radio brought to you by Army Wife Network. Thank you, Debbie and Courtney!