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November 3, 2013

Local authors meet their fans

DUNCAN — About 18 authors were able to visit with the public during this year’s Local Author Day.

This year was the third year for the event, held Saturday, which is sponsored by the Duncan Public Library. Though a few traveled some distance to be there, most authors were from Duncan or Stephens County.

Of the three children’s authors present, Gary Andrew Reddin was the only one from Duncan. He was there with his first published work called “The Ethics of Dragon Slaying.”

“It’s exciting and good to see that I could actually finish something,” Reddin said. “I’ve been learning a lot about being a published author (at Author Day).”

During the event, there was a special reading time when each children’s author was able to read their book aloud to the kids present. Reddin’s story centers around teaching children it is okay to question things that are asked of them by others if it seems like the wrong thing to do.

“I’m a little nervous because I’ve never read it out loud before,” he said. “It’s good to see the kids and they like (the book).”

Reddin’s book will be available in mid-December and said if you would like to contact him for more information, his email is

One of the adult writers from Duncan was Charles Roy McConnell with his autobiographical novel “Cleared To Climb.” Raised in Duncan, McConnell is a 1960 graduate of Duncan High School and a retiree of Halliburton.

“Ever since I was 12, I have been passionate about flying,” he said.

First a military flight instructor for the U.S. Air Force, McConnell went on to be airline pilot and then manager of the aviation department for Halliburton. While working for the large corporation, he lived in Houston but after retiring, returned to Duncan. He is now the pastor for Hastings Baptist Church.

“I’m not flying anymore but it was a good career and I loved it,” said McConnell. “I appreciate the library (hosting Author Day).”

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