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“Throwing a bash for the written word.”


“Even the dark isn’t darkness to Thee. The night is bright as the day.”

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Michael Cogdill.



Cookout—chicken or brats  BRATS

Dogs or Cats  DOGS

Eggs or Pancakes EGGS

Fishing or hunting  FISHING

Vacation: mountains or beach  BEACH


rem:  Hullo, Michael. Welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

MICHAEL:  I’m a small-town boy, raised by working class parents in Weaverville, NC.  I live in Greenville, SC now, at the base of the mountains that were my family’s home.

rem:  Beautiful country up there. My mom was a North Carolina gal. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

MICHAEL:  I love a good boat and the feel of water.  I adore hot weather.  I’m a pretty serious weight trainer.

rem:  I love a boat and the water—not so sure about hot weather, though! LOL Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

MICHAEL:  Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Loved by me for its sense of surrender and wait upon God.

rem:  A lifeline to cling to when going through difficult times. What is your favourite quotation and why?

MICHAEL:  So many come to mind.  One of my favorites is thich nhat hanh — “We are to love so that those we love feel free.”

rem:  I love that quote—it is the essence of Who God is, and who we are to strive to be.  What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

MICHAEL:  Macha green tea

rem:  This tells me two things—your desk is quite tidy, and you are a healthy eater! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would you choose?

MICHAEL:  Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird


rem:  You are the third person to choose a character from To Kill a Mockingbird!! Somebody tryin’ to tell me somethin’?  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

MICHAEL:  A sense of wonder is essential.  Turgid carrying on is a deal breaker.

rem:  Oh yes, a sense of wonder is magical—it’s what transports the reader into the story! What are you reading right now?

MICHAEL:  So We Read On (An examination of the Great Gatsby and why it still matters.


rem:  So much depth to that story. T’would be fascinating to see what Ms. Corrigan has to share. Which came first (in your life): journalism or story telling?

MICHAEL:  Storytelling, which is the essence of fine, readable journalism

rem:  As a storyteller myself, I must say I agree wholeheartedly. How is journalism different to writing a novel?

MICHAEL:  A novel is a fantasy of the heart.  Journalism is a practice of the heart and mind.

rem:  My favorite genre is historical fiction, rather a weaving of the two perhaps. What do you like best about being a news anchor? What is the hardest?

MICHAEL:  I love to bring copy to life, especially in a caring way.  The hard part is the death of a child.

rem:  Michael, you have a gift with words, your copy (and FaceBook posts) are prose in action. I can’t imagine having to report the death of a child. What’s the most memorable story you’ve reported?

MICHAEL:  Susan Smith ties with the Emmanuel Nine

rem:  I remember that story, and how horrific it was at the time. Still is today. Do you have a tale or anecdote on your coworkers?

MICHAEL:  Not for public consumption.  lol


rem:  Ah! Faithful coworker you are! Or afraid perhaps a story on you would be told?? LOL Tell us about the delightful Miss Polly.

MICHAEL:  Miss Polly is not steel magnolia.  She’s a platinum mountain laurel – a survivor, a vital spirit who loves deeply, and who is a living joy.  She’s struggling with dementia, but remains a light to all who know her

rem:  I adore your posts about her, sharing her light with the rest of us. And I admire your devotion to her. How did your book, She-Rain, come about?

MICHAEL:  I started it as a way of digging out of his early grave my grandfather, Ernest Keyes.  He died of opium addiction well before I was born.  The tale took the arc of a love triangle that rises to meet the best of humanity, rather than descending into the darkness of betrayal.  It’s a fictional adventure in the truth of grace, human capacity for evil, goodness and hilarity.

rem:  Deep and profound, indeed. You have shared much, both on Facebook and on your blog, about your father. What can you tell us of his journey?

MICHAEL:  My dad was born in deep poverty.  He suffered terrible shame as a child and turned to alcohol to numb the wounds.  He ultimately hit a low bottom, grasped the grace of God, and became the most beautiful man I will ever know.


rem:  Poverty can wreak such devastation. As can alcohol, something I am familiar enough with. Do you have another book project?

MICHAEL:  Yes.  A novel, The Sinners of Honeysuckle Road, a Vietnam-era story of loss and reclamation.

rem:  Oh, I do look forward to that! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

MICHAEL:  It’s human.  Everyone is flawed, yet worthy of love.

rem:  “God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” He makes us all worthy of His love. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

MICHAEL:  No human being is called to save or salvage a broken human being.  Enabling is death to both.  But mutuality of love is a miracle we get to live.

rem:  Oh, so very true. And so hard to stand against (enabling.)  So glad to have you here today, Michael. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!


“My television career has carried me into the wheelhouses of death.  And right there, in one of them, I found life.”







… reminds me never to fear writing what makes us human, even the suffering.  Perhaps especially the suffering.  It reminds me the night is no match for the moon. The sun still shows.”



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Manly Man Blitz News Anchor Interview, Michael Cogdill

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