Writer of Soul-Searching Snark

Jack Dalton–the Raven

Several people have asked me why I’m so excited about Jack Dalton  speaking at the Oklahoma Writers Federation conference May 3-5. It has become a standing joke. Like a church liturgy, every time someone says, “Jack Dalton,” I respond with “I love Jack.”

I truly do love Jack and I can’t wait for all my writer friends to meet him. I feel like a second grader during show-and -tell.  “Look. Look, everyone! Here’s my friend, Jack. And guess what?  He tells stories . . .and, um, he’s cute…and um, he’s a . . . he’s a RAVEN!”

God, if only. I think the coolest thing I ever took to show-and-tell was a rock with some kind of fossil in it. Looking back on it, I think it was a rock that had a bug smashed into it when my dad ran over it with a truck.

But, I digress. I do that a lot, along with repressing and stressing.

Jack + OWFI= Greatness

You see, ravens have magical powers.  In many Native American traditions, the raven created earth. Ravens are a creative life force. Each of us has a magician within and a raven can show us how to bring that part of us out of the dark into the light.

Jack Dalton did that for me. I was in a dark, dark place–basement-of-the-abyss dark. I had no hope. No idea what I was going to do with my life. Simply miserable.

We were at lunch one day and I was telling him a story about growing up a redneck in the Ozarks. He laughed and said to me, “Claire, you’re a great storyteller.”

My jaw dropped. THE Jack Dalton, storyteller to the world, told me I was a good storyteller.

Then, he asked, “Have you ever considered writing?”

It was the case of the right person, saying the right thing at the right moment in time. Validation from Jack was the magic  I needed. I quit my job, moved back to the Ozarks and wrote. So far, 2012 has seen the release of 2 novels and a novella. Fingers crossed, I’ll get a third novel scooped up at the OWFI conference. Shoot, Jack will be there.  It’s destiny.  Watch out agents and editors!

Jack will be presenting two sessions at the conference: The Friday lunch workshop (well worth the $25) and a session on cultures on Saturday afternoon.  He’s also emceeing the Famous Author banquet

It is my greatest hope that the Raven will work his magic on all the attendees at the conference (no pressure, Jack.) Wouldn’t it be great if CNN covered the 2013 conference because OWFI holds the world record for having the most NY Times bestselling authors in one organization?

It’s good to have goals.

And,  friends who soar.


Comments on: "Jack Dalton–the Raven" (11)

  1. I LOVE JACK and I haven’t even met him yet!!!! I can hardly wait! I’m so stoked!

  2. From your lips to God’s ear.

  3. Yes, I love Jack. And I HAVE met him on several occasions! Again, I surely do wish I could be there. ENJOY, and give him a hug for me Claire.

  4. How can I not love Jack? He’s the Raven. I wrote The Rook and The Raven. duh. Plus, in another life time my name was Raven. Wonder what magic the two of us will conjure at OWFI?

  5. dukepennell said:

    Jack is the greatest! When I watch him perform, it’s like I’m a little kid again. He just sweeps you up into his words. Oh, and he’s pretty cool just standing there talking, too! I can’t wait to see him again!

    • Oh, I love Jack. Can’t wait to see him. I’m he’ll pick up even more adoring fans at the conference. I’ve already told him that I have to be the president of the fan club.

  6. I was already excited about the conference. Now I find I get to see Jack, too?!! Okay. I don’t know Jack. But you make me want to! Come on, May!

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