Smithville event gets the word out about local authors

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Joseph and Margaret Keough of Ventnor. He writes the novels; his wife does the cover art.

GALLOWAY – After working for years at Spencer Gifts and the City of Margate, Joseph Keough had a novel idea for the next chapter in his life.

Keough became a writer.

Keough, participating in Authors on the Greene at Historic Smithville Saturday, Sept. 15, said he’s written two books. His wife, Margaret, is an artist and she’s drawn the covers for both.

The couple lives in Ventnor, where they moved last November.

“We’ve lived in the area since 1965,” Keough said. “We lived in Northfield and Brigantine.”

Keough was personnel director at Spencer Gifts for many years. Then he was records clerk for the Margate Police Department for 16 years.

The books are quite different, according to Keough.

The first, “Shattered Peace,” is a murder mystery.

His second novel, “ATM,” is being released this week.

“A woman withdraws $400 from an ATM,” Keough said. “She expects her balance to be $892.24. But instead it’s $5,000,892.24. The story then involves tracking down the how and who.”

It turns into a “romantic comedy of errors,” he said.

The woman is from Somers Point. She meets a man from Princeton who had a similar thing happen to him.

Keough said people will see a wild plot unfold with an interesting group of characters on the island of Madeira and the fictional North African country of Telamia.

“ATM” appears to be a deft follow-up to the well-received “Shattered Peace.”

“The author tells a great story through masterful development of interesting and compelling characters,” author Matt Cairone wrote in a review of “Shattered Peace.”

“It is all at once a thriller, a murder mystery, a love story (or two or three), and a study in human nature,” Cairone wrote. “I highly recommend this: it is well written, hard to put down and a joy to read.”

Another personality set up on Village Greene was Larry Zink of Cranbury, near Princeton.

His book, “Naturally New Jersey: A Visual Journey Through New Jersey’s Parks and Preserves” offers a photographic tour of the state from one end to the other.

“It includes places from the top of New Jersey to Cape May and Heislerville in the south,” Zink said. “There are 33 places in the book. I visited 40.”

Choices were made on which places were best photographically, he said.

“They’re all pretty,” Zink said. “(The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway) is pretty, but it’s more of a birding place. The idea for this book was to shoot landscapes. There are birds in the book, but they found me; I didn’t go looking for them.”

Zink is a full-time photographer, vice president of photography at Macy’s in New York.

He also volunteers as photo editor for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website.

You have to love photography to do what he does, Zink said.

“There’s a lot of getting up at 4 a.m. for sunrises,” he said. “You need to get the lighting just right.”

Other participants scheduled were Eight Women Writers who are together known as Amea Lake – Mary Ann Kerns, Lillian Tesoriero, Elaine Turansky, Alva Hall, Adelaide Weidknecht, Eva LaBrozzi, Karin Holldorf and Anita Paerg; co-authors Joseph Federico and Matthew McHenry, co-authors Gail Hunt and Roni Strain, Christy Sloat, Kathy Kelly, Cathy Antener, Louise Ann Barton, Donna Lee, Sharp Albertson, Kevin Shelly, Francis Sirianni, Kate Polillo, Steven Winkelstein, Steven Vincent, Brian Johnson, Geoffrey Girard, Robert Burns, Jon Gibbs, J.B. DiNizo, Jeff Markowitz, Roy Carl Weiler, Joanne Swank, Karen Kely Boyce, Richard J. Kimmel, Barbara Hosbach, Kristin Battestella, D.C. Stone, Melanie Zappone, Diana Cosby, Nancy Patterson, Agnes Fisher, Kay Moretz, Marrybeth Farrell, Nanci Ruiney, Susan Ricci, Michael D'Ambrosio, John Leone, Mrs. D (pen name), Olga  D'Aostino, Fran Grote, Joseph T. Wilkins, Julio C. Santiago III, Paul Evans and Kelly Varesio.

Larry Zink of Cranbury with his book of photographs of the Garden State.

Authors spread out around the Village Greene at Historic Smithville Saturday, Sept. 15.

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