Author unveils book at signing today

Published 8:39 pm Monday, September 20, 2010

Ladies, if you’ve ever wanted to kill your gynecologist, then a book has been written especially for you.

“Bottoms Up: AN OBGYN Tale of Suspense” is definitely a girls’ book and it’s a first novel for Trojan Becky Vaughan.

The Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy will host a book signing for Vaughan from 5:30 until 7 p.m. today to coincide with the Sept. 21 release of “Bottoms Up: An OBGYN Tale of Suspense.” The public is invited.

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Vaughan, who teaches English at Charles Henderson Middle School, has not seen her novel in print. That won’t happen until around 5 p.m. today when her publisher arrives at the arts center with a box of the books.

“My publisher, Dr. Cheryl Jennings of SokheChapke Publishing, wanted to see my face when I first see the book,” Vaughan said. “I’m very anxious and excited.”

Vaughan’s first novel, or novella as she prefers to call it, has taken 10 years from idea to reality.

“I have a couple of high school teachers that I kept up with over the years,” Vaughan said. “One is an English teacher who inspired me to teach and, the other, a Methodist preacher’s wife. I would tell them funny things that happened at school and they encouraged me to write a book.”

About 10 years ago, Vaughan was driving home from Florida and thinking about the book she hoped to write.

“I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and I was thinking that, if I wanted to murder someone, who would it be,” Vaughan said. “The first thought that popped into my head was ‘my gynecologist.’”

And, the story began.

“I started the book and worked on it for a long time but then I got busy and got away from it,” she said. “A few years later, I picked it up and decided to finish it, if only for myself.”

Vaughan describes the book as a murder-mystery comedy that is autobiographical in a small way and most certainly will include “everyday experiences” of friends, coworkers and former students.

The late Scotty Sauers, local legendary umpire, is a character whose name was not change.

“I wanted Scotty to be a part of the book,” Vaughan explained. “With a few exceptions, the characters are combinations of people that I have known. Experiences that have accumulated over the years have been woven into the mystery. The setting is Pikeville, which is a town in another state that my brother and I drove through and had an interesting experience.”

Vaughan admits that there is a lot of truth in her fiction.

Either way, truth or fiction, Jennings said Vaughan’s first novel is an intriguing, fast-paced thriller filled with adventure and humorous undertones that takes mystery writing to new heights.

“It was a fun book for me to write and, hopefully, people will have a good time reading it,” Vaughan said. “Maybe it will make people smile and laugh. That’s my hope for the book.”