NC Literary Hall of Fame



Trouble--causing, avoiding, getting in, and getting out edited by Randell Jones

Personal Story Publishing Project / Daniel Boone Footsteps
$17.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-734796421
September, 2021
Nonfiction: Anthology
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"Once again, the PSPP surpasses all expectations. My copies arrived yesterday. I read every story last night, stayed up way too late reading several again and again. But what most moves me about the book is the rhythm of story placement. From one story to the next, the reader is led on a gospel sing of praise for being alive, praise for the trouble that makes us human."
—Mary Alice Dixon

"The opportunity you give so many of us to share stories is immeasurable. That they bring perspective, wisdom, and laughter in formulae unique to each reader and writer cannot be over-stated. With great appreciation."
—Bill Donohue

"After your podcast reading of my story, I had six people request copies. You are a storyteller! God bless your whole team of dedicated cheerleaders!"
—Phyliss Adcock

#5 in series, Personal Story Publishing Project

Forty-five writers share personal stories of Trouble—causing, avoiding, getting in and getting out. Big trouble, little trouble, trouble of their own making or some that found them anyway—it's all here. They reflect on the trying, the tempting, the foolhardy, and the courageous. By luck or expertise or the grace beyond explanation, they survived or thrived, laughed in victory, or languished in the aftermath of doing the things they shouldn't have or not doing what they should have. They offer lessons learned, warnings and admonitions, and share at times the hilarity at things gone wrong or the giddiness of escaping consequences resolutely deserved. These writers telling their stories is a labor of love. Readers enjoying them is no trouble at all.

Through 45 short stories, you share in the life experiences of writers—both fresh, new voices and seasoned storytellers. They skillfully share tales from their lives, causing us all to consider our own life experiences, our own stories of “trouble”—the causes and the consequences, the rationale and the retribution, the harrowing and the laughable—the stories of trouble we know we'll always remember and the ones we desperately hope against hope nobody else does.

Randell Jones is the editor and publisher of the Personal Story Publishing Project by Daniel Boone Footsteps, Publishing. He is an award-winning history writer of several books of the pioneer and Revolutionary War era. (See Beginning 2007, he served 13 years as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the NC Humanities Council. In 2013, he received the national History Award Medal from the Nation Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition of his body of work in the prior 10 years. He created and hosts the website He began the Personal Story Publishing Project in 2017 to help encourage other writers. In 2019, he launched and hosts the "6-minute Stories" podcast as another outlet for sharing the work of other writers.

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