Meet Grant Williams – A Kansas Author

lrticonLast week I had the pleasure of having lunch with a real live Kansas author, Grant Williams. Our friends, Steve and Marjorie Swaim introduced Jay and I to Grant and his wife Bernice. What fun we had, sitting there long after the restaurant’s patrons were gone.

Grant is one of those people who has a zest for life and he definitely has a passion for storytelling. And that is how he sees himself – not as an author or a poet, but a storyteller who tells his stories in a variety of methods.

GrantWmsAfter a lifelong career in the corporate world, Grant has moved on to a career in storytelling. He is another example of someone who has retired joyfully. Grant actually started writing his stories about three years before he retired. But he’s been going full speed ever since.

Grant is actually the author of five books.  He graciously brought me three of them. Here are the three I currently have: (Click on the titles for more info from Amazon.)

  • Poems From a Connecticut Yankee in Kansas. This is a variety of poems on nature, love, sports, children and so forth.
  • Pigs And Packinghouses is a collection of short stories and poems.
  • Summer of ’59 is a story that grew out of Grant’s enormous love of baseball. He loves the games so much he once took training to become a professional umpire.

I asked Grant’s wife to tell me which of his writings she likes the best and she steered me towards the poems about childhood. I like his poems too. Here’s a good example:

“Ten Degrees”

The wind blows swift here in Kansas

The trees bend toward the north

They will grow stronger with the resistance

As life takes them slowly forth.

We plant them ten degrees to the south

So they will end up straight and tall

As the wind blows them so erect

Something very important to us all.

Our children should be given that same ten degrees

As we nurture them while we watch them grow

Resisting strong winds of discontent and wrong

The efforts of the defiance definitely will show.

Plant ideals in the children to last their life long

Then just like the mighty Kansas trees

Help them grow so tall and straight

By remembering to give them the same ten degrees.

In addition to writing, Grant is Vice President of the Kansas Authors Club. The club is a excellent way in which local writers meet with each other for education and support.  Grant also visits local schools and retirement homes. He’s especially popular at the Veteran’s Home where they love him to visit and tell his stories. Grant has a gift and he’s willing to share that gift with others. I hope you enjoyed meeting Grant via this Literary Road Trip in southeastern Kansas. I sure did.

Most of Grant Williams’ books are available on Amazon.com.

Literary Road Trip is sponsored by Galley Smith.

UPDATE: You can meet Grant Williams at Varney’s Book Store, 623 N. Manhattan, Manhattan, KS from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, for “Poets & Perk.”

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15 Responses to Meet Grant Williams – A Kansas Author

  1. BooksPlease says:

    You had a great lunch!

    There’s an award for you on my blog

    http://www.booksplease.org/2009/10/03/awards-2/

  2. How fun to have a lunch with an author! Interesting about umpiring. I’ve never thought about it, but I suppose those guys have to be pretty big fans of the game!

  3. Kathy says:

    Your lunch sounds fabulous! I love chatting with authors – really, most of them are storytellers, so they’re fun to talk to.

  4. molly says:

    OH MY GOODNESS — I am also a Connecticut transplant living in Kansas. I absolutely need to check out this local author’s works! Thanks so much for the recommendation.

    It is nice to know that life can just begin at retirement. I have no plans of being published, but I do think I might like to try my hand at writing sometime.

    Did you have a chance to visit the I Love a Mystery bookstore while in the area?

  5. Staci says:

    What a great way to spend the day!! He sounds delightful and I really liked that poem. Especially having to plant trees at an angle!!

  6. Wonderful poetry! I am very glad you shared it!

  7. Toni Gomez says:

    wow.. what a great lunch and poem! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh, it sounds like you had so much fun! Grant Williams certainly has a number of talents, doesn’t he!?

  9. Stacy says:

    How wonderful that you were able to spent time together. What fun!

  10. Care says:

    Yea Kansas! and people think Kansas is devoid of trees… Kansas is beautiful. Thank you Grant Willams!

  11. Wow, that sounds like such a fun lunch and chat. I’m jealous!

  12. Beth F says:

    That sounds like a great lunch. I love the poem, too.

  13. Carol Martin says:

    Thanks for featuring Grant Williams on your blog! He is truly a multi-faceted, talented man. I am blessed to be his friend. You can meet him at Varney’s Book Store, 623 N. Manhattan, Manhattan, KS from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, for “Poets & Perk.”

  14. Bumbles says:

    Grant sounds like my kind of guy – New England roots, lover of baseball and storytelling! Thanks for sharing your lunch – nice that you were able to get to know an author in a personal setting. And even nicer that he was worth getting to know!

  15. ELLEN OCKERT says:

    I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH GRANT AND LOVE HIS BOOKS AND POETRY. I REFER TO MYSELF AS A CONNECTICUT YANKEE LIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA. I AM AMAZED AT HIS WRITING SINCE I DID NOT SEE IT IN HIM. I WAS THE ONE TO GET THE JOURNALISM AWARD AT GRADUATION BECAUSE I ENJOYED WRITING STORIES AND CREATING CROSSWORD PUZZLES. I GUESS YOU KNOW WHO I HAVE GONE TO CONCERNING THE NOVEL I STARTED TOO LONG AGO AND HAVE BEGUN TO GET IN THE PROPER FORM. HOW MUCH MORE CAN THERE BE IN HIS HEART TO PUT ON PAPER? I AM READY FOR THE NEXT PRODUCTION.

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