From first draft to finished book

For the Weekly Record Herald

WEST MILTON — Interested to see how a book goes from a first draft to final revision? Be a part of the writing and the publishing process in a workshop with author Jacqueline T. Moore at the Milton-Union Public Library. Moore will give a book reading, book signing and work with burgeoning writers in “The Power of Revision” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The colorful grandma will be reading and working from portions of her novel “The Canary.” Take one spunky widow, one hateful church lady, two sailors, five little darlin’s, one smarty stinker, add jewel espionage and some Texas heat and you’ve got a recipe for adventure!

In “The Canary,” Myra Gallaway, a young widow with five children, supports her family by walking the wharves of Galveston selling homemade sweets. She never imagined she’d be joining forces with husband-hating church society queen Julia Jameson as they team up to help some sailor friends in a jewel smuggling scheme.

Moore lives in Englewood now, but grew up in East Dayton where she graduated from Dayton Public Schools. She taught both elementary and college language and reading for a total of 41 years before she retired.

Moore explains when it comes to writing, she “savors the sounds and sense of letters put together to create a lasting memory.” Moore said “The Canary” is inspired by a yellow diamond family heirloom and the whispered secrets about how it came to be a part of their heritage.

Meet this remarkable woman and learn the truth behind the whispered rumors, plus try a hand at writing your own short story when she comes for “The Power of Revision” at the Milton-Union Public Library.

For more information about Moore, visit To contact the library, call 937-698-5515. Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.