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Author Kelle James to Skype with audience at Southern Campus


The general public and junior and senior students in the Women and Writing course at Ohio University Southern and will have an opportunity to talk directly with author Kelle James via Skype technology at 2p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Bowman Auditorium at the Ironton campus.

Kelle James will discuss her motivation for writing, the writing process, and how to get a book published. She will answer questions about her memoir, "Smile for the Camera."

The memoir follows her struggle from age 16 after she escaped from an abusive home to the best place she could think of -- New York City. She was going to be a model, become rich and famous and find some people who treated her right. She had no idea what was in store for her and within three days she was homeless and broke.

What follows is her exceptional story of trying to make it on her own with nothing to her name and no one to trust. She endures a string of people, mostly men, who take advantage of her youth and beauty, many disappointments and rejections, and the most famous murder trial of the 1970s. This is the story of a girl losing herself before finding her way in the city that never sleeps.

Ohio University Southern adjunct English instructor, Kimberly Cameron Wilson adds, "Ms. James' memoir was starred in the Kirkus Review. The Kirkus Star is awarded to books of remarkable merit and it's an honor to have an author with Ms. James' credentials speak with the students at our campus."

The event is sponsored by Ohio University Southern and is open to the public, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.