"A daughter’s tale of family and football"

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The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen is a memoir about growing up in the South, football, and the death of the patriarch from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It tells the story of a life in football from a daughter’s perspective. It provides an intimate look at one family’s rise through the ranks of competitive football—from player to high school, then college coaching; followed by coaching in the WFL, CFL, and NFL, and ultimately to Super Bowl champions. It also chronicles the family’s struggle to deal with and understand the decline of the father who was at the center of this lifestyle from CTE.

Told in a rich Southern voice, this is a story of one family’s love of a game and each other. It is a story of one man’s strength of character and the woman’s love that sustained him. It is a coming of age story of a strong-willed, independent young woman. It is a story that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Upcoming Events:

signings and readings:

  • B&N New Hope Common Durham, NC Sunday, postponed (date tba)

  • Barnes & Noble 850 Inspiration drive Wilmington, NC 3/2 @2 pm

  • Barnes and Noble Winston Salem Saturday, 3/9 3-5 PM

  • Booksellers Savannah, Georgia 3/23 @ 1-3pm, reading and signing

  • b&n Spartanburg, sc SATURDAY mar 30 2-5pm

  • Main Street Books signing Davidson, NC 4/6 10:30-12:30

Radio Interviews/Podcasts:

  • The State of things Jan 30 12-1 with frank stasio

  • AshevilleFM 103.0 with Tom chalmers, Jan 30 7-9 pm

  • Sports Byline Interview with Ryan Burr, DATE TBA























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Lori Leachman is a professor of economics at Duke University. She has been teaching economics at the university level for over thirty-five years. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 1987, from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to literature, Dr. Leachman wrote for and published in a variety of academic Journals. Lori also has a passion for painting when she is not working as a professor. Her paintings are sold here, and in galleries all over the US. She has been included in "Who's Who of America's Teachers". In 2003, Dr. Leachman was awarded the Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award fr teaching excellence. 



Paintings by Lori