In May 2015, Knoxville native Kevin Slimp began sharing the story of his fictional hometown, Lennox Valley, each week in hundreds of newspapers across America. “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley” is the story of growing up in Small Town America in 1998.
The story line revolves around three main characters. Raymond Cooper owns the local radio station, which he converted to “talk only” in hopes of inciting enough good folks of Lennox Valley to vote for him in the upcoming mayor’s election. He initially attempts this by creating a furor over the Federal Reserve System, blaming the agency for the rising price of eggs in “The Valley.”
Iris Long is the editor of The Hometown News and knows there is something fishy about Raymond Cooper. She keeps a wary eye on Cooper while he does his best to discredit her by creating false stories about her alledged relationship with the Federal Reserve.
Sarah Hyden-Smith is the third main character in the story. She is the newly appointed pastor at the Methodist Church, and the first female clergyperson in Lennox Valley. Their hopes that their new minister would have a wife who played piano was all but dashed when the Methodists learned their new pastor was a woman.
Distributors released the book two weeks ahead of schedule on May 15. It is currently available on Amazon.com and will be at booksellers everywhere in the U.S. June 1, 2017. The book will be available in other countries June 15. The author will be holding book signings in Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in June. For more information, visit LennoxValley.com.
Kevin Slimp is a popular speaker, keynoting conventions internationally, and writer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He recently returned from Winnipeg, Manitoba and will appear in Calgary, Alberta to keynote a press convention there in late May.