Novelist: My claim to “fame” at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony at Tarrant County College/NE Campus

Updated March 18, 2015TCC:NE Distinguished Alumni 2014

Kathleen M. Rodgers on the Wall of Fame at Tarrant County College/NE Campus, 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award
Kathleen M. Rodgers on the Wall of Fame at Tarrant County College/NE Campus, 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award

I sat through the awards luncheon waiting for the real Kathleen Rodgers to show up. The one that grew up to become the person she’d always wanted to be: a successful writer.  The one that smiles big for photo ops and has tried for thirty-five plus years to “make it” as a writer. I sat through a two-hour luncheon waiting for it to feel real. I looked at the other distinguished alumni and kept asking myself “how did I get here?” I can’t even remember my multiplication tables!

Kathleen on the big screen at TCC:NE campus' Distinugued Alumni ceremonyThen my name was called. When I turned to see my photo and a sample of my professional credits on the big screen, it started to feel real. All at once I was back in my comfort zone, especially when the president of the college asked jokingly if I brought any books to sign. And then when I took my seat and finally stared at my award:

Tarrant County College Northeast Campus

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented to

Kathleen Rodgers

Novelist

 

(L-R) With former advisor/instructor Anita Peters, best friend Rhonda Revels, and literary agent, Jeanie Loiacono.
(L-R) With former advisor/instructor Anita Peters, best friend Rhonda Revels, and  Jeanie Loiacono.

It was the word “novelist” that cemented the deal for me, and I got to share it with my dear friend, Rhonda Revels (the inspiration behind my character Whit Thomas in my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately.)

Rhonda Revels and Kathleen, best friends for 22 years.
Rhonda Revels and Kathleen, best friends for 22 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris Jones in her office at TCC/NE Campus. Don't you love her bookshelves?
Doris Jones in her office at TCC/NE Campus. Don’t you love her bookshelves?

 

 

* A special note of thanks to my former government professor, Doris Jones, for nominating me. What I respect about Doris is how she respects her students.

 

 

 

 

 

See the press release about the Wall of Fame at TCC/NE Campus:

http://sites.tccd.edu/tccbuzz/2014/05/08/tcc-northeast-campus-dedicates-alumni-wall-of-fame-2/

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Author of the novels The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory. Former contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Future work represented by agent Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc.

6 thoughts on “Novelist: My claim to “fame” at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony at Tarrant County College/NE Campus”

  1. This is so thrilling….I couldn’t be happier if it were happening to me….well…..NO, I couldn’t!! I’m so proud to call you my friend and show off your wonderful book in my ‘special’ book case!! So looking forward to “Johnnie Come Lately’!!

    Love to you and Tom
    (Trust he is getting stronger every day!)

    1. Dear Nita,

      I’m so thrilled that you cherish your signed copy of The Final Salute. And you know I cherish my signed copy of your book. We author ladies have to stick together in this business, that’s for sure. I do hope you will love Johnnie Kitchen and all her “entourage.” 🙂
      Hugs and Love… oh, Tom is making great progress. A slow recovery but he’s right on target.

  2. Just fantastic, Kathleen. Drink it in and enjoy the moment. Love seeing the photos and your joyful smile. Success is not selling a million books (although that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Success is being held in highest regard in your community.
    Congratulations,
    Elaine

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Oh, you are such a dear heart for taking a moment to leave your thoughtful comments. This award took me by surprise. I never saw it coming. As Jackie Gleason used to say, “How sweet it is.” Thank you for being my friend and always being there for me. Again, I am so glad Jill got us together.

      xoxoxo

      Kathleen

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