Keven McQueen, who became an author “by accident” 21 years ago and still writes bestselling books today, will visit the Daviess County Public Library at 2 p.m. this Saturday. McQueen’s career was launched by a natural curiosity and a desire to provide knowledge.
“I was a tour guide at White Hall – Cassius Clay’s property – for a few years and noticed all the books on him were out of print,” McQueen said. “So I thought, well, I’ll write a new Cassius Clay book with new stories about him. It snowballed from one book to many other books.
Similar to his very first published work on Clay, all of McQueen’s books are true stories. Her favorite part of these stories is the research that uncovers them and learns more about them.
“Some of my books are pure biographies or stories, but a lot of them are about historical true crime, the paranormal and things like that,” McQueen said. “These topics have been lifelong interests, I really don’t know where it all came from.”
Bizarre Bluegrass, McQueen’s most recent book, reveals “strange but true” events that have transpired in Kentucky throughout history, which he will discuss at his library event. He even has a few gothic and supernatural stories specific to Daviess County that he hopes to discuss.
“I love coming to Owensboro. This will be my third time there,” McQueen said. “I love the people and it’s such a nice place, especially because it’s such a historic area.”
McQueen is no stranger to public speaking, as he is a lecturer in English composition and English literature at Eastern Kentucky University. Whether he’s discussing his books or teaching in a classroom, he knows how to captivate a crowd.
“My favorite part of speaking to large groups is the question and answer I always do at the end,” McQueen said. “Then I can really talk to people in a conversational way rather than just talking to them, and I can find out what they really want to know.”
Several McQueen books are in the works, including about the Civil War, a sequel to his best-selling Kentucky Book of the Dead, and a cross-state historical true-crime book.
To learn more about McQueen’s works, join him at his lecture at the library, where he’ll also sign copies of Bizarre Bluegrass. To follow his work, follow his Facebook page here.