Reading and book signing

Christopher T. Werkman, a life-long Toledo area resident, will read from and sign, Girlfriending, his newly published collection of short stories at Gathering Volumes book store Sunday, November 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Gathering Volumes is located at 196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Girlfriending is a collection of funny, sad, and occasionally bizarre stories of people beginning, ending, or finding a way through some type of romantic relationship. Stories include:

*A detective known for bold courage on the job deals with mental and physical abuse by his trophy wife.

*A woman strives to overcome the PTSD she brought back from battlefields in Iraq so she can become a loving partner.

*In the title story, a socially dysfunctional Toledo Jeep worker “girlfriends” women he “meets” in obituaries.

From liaisons that are real to those that are imaginary or somewhere between, Werkman skillfully creates characters who find themselves in situations that will fascinate and amuse. Girlfriending has received 5-star reviews on Reader’s Favorite and Amazon’s web sites. Rogue Phoenix Press, Werkman’s publisher, also published his novel, Difficult Lies, in 2015.

Christopher T. Werkman was born in Toledo and graduated from Perrysburg High School. After attending Adrian College, Werkman taught art for 30 years for Washington Local Schools. After retiring from Whitmer High School, he was an adjunct instructor in art education at University of Toledo. Werkman still paints, but his passion is writing fiction. He and his partner, Karen, live on a few acres near Haskins, Ohio. Werkman painted the image used on the front cover in 1983, and it won First Award/Painting in The Toledo Area Artist’s Exhibition.

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An evening with Mr. Alda

Last night, my sweet lady Karen treated me to an evening with Alan Alda. We each got one of his new books on improving interpersonal communication, and were treated to his warm and affable musings, humor, and instruction on helping others better understand what we mean to say.

By The Blade’s count, 2,424 people were in attendance. Wow, I thought. If I ever sold a fifth of that number of books I’d be bowled over, and this was just one stop on his tour. Afterwards, Mr. Alda was kind enough to stay and sign books for hundreds of people. Karen and I lined up, and in about 45 minutes we made it to his table. He had a smile for each of us, and a handshake for me when I offered. As he handed me his now-signed book, I handed him a copy of Girlfriending, also personalized for him. “I know I’ll enjoy your book, Mr. Alda,” I said. “I hope you’ll enjoy mine.” He smiled genuinely and thanked me.

I hope he reads at least a story or two. Pie-in-the-sky, I hope a few lure him into reading them all. But knowing Alan Alda has a copy of Girlfriending in his possession warms me.

Five-Star Reviews

I submitted my short story collection, Girlfriending, for reviews at Reader’s Favorite, an online forum authors and people who like to read. I now have three reviews, all 5-Star, and quite frankly, the reviewers make Girlfriending sound better than I believe I could. If you’d care to take a look, go toreadersfavorite.com and search my name or Girlfriending. I’m thrilled.

Story Twenty-six

At long last (I can hear your collective sigh of relief) we reach the twenty-sixth and final story in my collection, Girlfriending. “Stupid Little Noise” is written in second person. The protagonist is “you.” I like this point of view because it puts the reader in the story. “You” are the one living the plot line.

In a perfectly written second person story, the reader wouldn’t know if the protagonist was male or female, but in “Stupid Little Noise” the protagonist is male. He is wealthy. He is quite self-centered, and proud of his station in life. He is probably a bit unlikable. What could possibly change our opinion of him, or his opinion of himself? Is it possible? Read “Stupid Little Noise” to see.

I hope you have enjoyed reading these short synopses of my stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I tried to stir interest without revealing too much. Hard to do. I hope you may be stirred to buy a copy of my collection. I think if you do, you will be happy with what you read. Yeah, objectivity from the author, LOL.

Story Twenty-five

The next to last and twenty-fifth story in Girlfriending, my just-published short story collection, is a story called “Taking Trophies.” Dalton Hill is dealing with the recent death of his wife, Leetha, and with concerns about his own memory. He wants to stop at Leetha’s grave on his way to a gun show where he plans to sell a couple WW II guns to raise money for a new riding mower. A snow storm sets in as he leaves his house, and Dalton drives into more than just a blizzard.

The cover art on Girlfriending

For those of you who don’t already know, the painting on the cover of my short story collection, Girlfriending, is one I painted in 1983. It won First Award/Painting in the Toledo Area Artist’s show. When I first conceptualized putting a collection of “relationship” stories, that painting immediately came to mind as the perfect image for the cover. My publisher agreed. So there it is. Cool.

Story Twenty-four

The twenty-fourth story in my collection, Girlfriending, is a five hundred word short called “Monica Falls.” Monica is hanging in the open door of an airplane, about to embark on a $250.00 skydive. But she’s having second thoughts about the dive, and about her dive instructor, a chiseled Adonis named Kit. So, will Monica fall? Read “Monica Falls” to find out.

Story Twenty-three

The twenty-third story in Girlfriending, my just-published short story collection, is a story called “Knocking.” Ryndell Klegg is mid-fifties bull of a man–a police detective who is first through the door on drug busts, or the one to run down young punks who think they can out-pace an old guy. But Ryn is haunted by ghosts from his childhood that influence his current marriage and his every-day happiness. See how Ryn deals with his past and present when you read “Knocking.”

Story Twenty-one

Girlfriending, my newly released collection of short stories contains twenty-six stories. Number twenty-one is a short-short story called “Explanation.” A man awakens in a cheap motel room alone. The woman he met and accompanied here last night is gone. Is there an explanation, or did she leave without one? To find out, read “Explanation.”

Novelist. Painter. Literary Writer.