Welcome to JohnMichaels Pub's Blog

Welcome. I moved to Nashville in 2001, and have be blessed to make some wonderful friends. After moving from a house in Florida, to an apartment in Nashville, I missed being able to entertain groups of friends simply due to lack of space. When I finally decided to make Nashville my home and buy a house here, I wanted a space that friends to gather and socialize in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The basement in my new house, which opens into the back yard made the perfect space, so JohnMichael's Pub was born. I have made a couple of trips to Ireland since moving to Nashville and loved the atmosphere of the pubs there. So I made my pub to resemble an Irish style pub to give the atmosphere of a local community pubs in Ireland, but of course it is not a true "Pub" (Public house) since it private place for my friends to gather. I plan to use this blog to post thoughts, ideas, recipes and a variety of other things related to my pub and the parties held there. If you see anything here that interests you, feel free to email me. I have a great group of friends that is very diverse, but I am always open to making new friends.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Jill Conner Browne - Head Sweet Potato Queen in Nashville

I just returned from a book signing by Jill Connor Browne for her most current book “The Sweet Potato Queens’ 1st Big-Ass Novel: (Stuff we didn’t actually do, but could have, and may yet.).” Nashville was her 40th and last stop on the “Big Ass Book Tour” before her return home to Jackson Mississippi.

For those of you that do not know, Jill is the author of five prior Sweet Potato Queens’ book, but this is the first work of fiction. The Sweet Potato queens originated out of the St. Patrick’s day parade in Jackson Mississippi, when Jill and a group of friends (Sweet Potato Queen’s) in the early 80’s rode in the parade in all their queenly bling tossing sweet potatoes to onlookers. At that time, the parade was a small local event. The parade has become a huge annual event in Jackson, Mississippi the third weekend in March, boasting 10’s of thousands of participants. To find out more you have to read the “Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love,” but one more note- Jill calls it a “peoples parade,” one you can show up and be in, not just watch.
Jill’s books mix hilariously funny humor with stories of life, love, men and encouragement. Jill, addressing the audience, gave such inspiring advice, as “it is infinitely better to live your dreams than to dream them.” Her life is a first hand example of such advice. Again, you have to read her books to find out more.

Jill also offers other more humorous practical advice, such as “Never wear panties to a party.” In her address to nearly 100 fans gathered at the book signing, Jill relayed a story of an elderly woman who came up to her at another book signing years before and said that the advice makes a lot of sense that “you wouldn’t wear a mask if you wanted to be kissed.”

On top of being an inspiring author, who appeals to women everywhere (and quite a few men), Jill, and her husband and business manager, Kyle, whom she refers to as the cutest boy in the world, seem to be genuinely sincere, compassionate, and just “down right” sweet people. After 40 cities and meeting God only knows how many people, Jill took time to converse with, sign books for and pose for photos with every single person there. She knows many of her fans by sight and even name from events over the years and treats each as old friends. Several of the fans brought gifts such as deviled eggs (one of Jill’s favorites) and a King cake (tonight was Madi Gras). One fan there tonight traveled from as far as Pendleton Oregon to be there (fur piece from Nashville).

If you have not read her books, read them. If you ever get the chance to go to a book signing or other event with Jill, don’t miss it. It is an experience you will not forget or regret.

Other books by Jill Conner Browne include:
Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love
Sweet Potato Queens' Big Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)
God Save the Sweet Potato Queens
Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men : Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead.
Sweet Potato Queens' Book Wedding Planner /Divorce Guide.

Her next planned piece of non-fiction is
“Sweet Potato Queens Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit.”

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