THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JAMIE LEE COLEMAN by Dr. Michael E. Glasscock III to be Released 9/9
At 80 years old, Dr. Michael E. Glasscock III may be the busiest and most productive octogenarian in the country. He is an internationally recognized clinician, surgeon and educator in otolaryngology. He still performs ear implant surgeries to alleviate sensorineural hearing loss at The Glasscock Hearing Implant Center in Houston. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and acts as a consultant to three medical device companies. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and a reference book, Surgery of the Ear, considered by his peers to be the definitive textbook on the subject. Glasscock, who himself suffers from hearing loss, has been involved in the development of two major middle ear implants that have been approved by the FDA. He also is an actor who has appeared in commercials and independent films, and a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot.
And if all of that isn't enough to start a conversation at a cocktail party, Mike Glasscock can always speak about his "true passion" these days writing fiction. He has published three novels with Greenleaf Books in the last three years and is poised to release his fourth novel and an e-book novella this year.
The Life and Times of Jamie Lee Coleman, scheduled for release on September 9, 2014, is the third in a four-part series of stories inspired by the author's childhood experiences in a small town in Tennessee, not unlike the mythical Round Rock portrayed in his fictional series. The first two books in the "Round Rock" quartet are Little Joe and The Trial of Dr. Kate.
"I absolutely love writing, creating characters and dialogue," says Glasscock, who first encountered his creative muse a decade ago. "Even when I'm at the clinic, if I have an hour between patients, I'll run up to my office and keep working on a story. I don't really spend much time plotting the stories out, I just start writing and my imagination takes over."
In The Life and Times of Jamie Lee Coleman, 10-year-old Jamie Lee is rescued from a tarpaper shack and an abusive father in Beulah Land by an elderly widow, Miss Frances Washington. People tell her that she's too old to raise another child especially a Coleman but under her tutelage, Jamie Lee discovers that he has a prodigious gift for music. He hones his talents as a guitarist, singer and songwriter in the jazz clubs of New Orleans and the honky-tonks and bars of Nashville, and eventually rises to stardom on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. But can he escape his Coleman dependency on the bottle especially when his climb to fortune, fame and love keeps throwing him back to the ground?
Glasscock's four-part series vividly captures the people, traditions and eccentricities of the small community of Round Rock. Though each story stands alone, readers who liked Little Joe and The Trail of Dr. Kate will be pleased to see some of their favorite characters return in this tale.
Last year, Glasscock also published Utopia, Texas, an modern-day action drama about what happens when two principled men one a troubled Texas game warden, the other an ex-military Mexican drug cartel enforcer turn violent and transform the sleepy ranching hamlet of Utopia, Texas, into a war zone.
Also, Greenleaf Books has published an e-book novella by Glasscock in April, 2014, titled My Life Among the Fairies of Walnut Ridge. It is a satiric political fable with a magical romance that evolves over two hundred years.