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I am a Mississippi author, painter, journalist and minister. This site will introduce you to some of the work I have done and what I am currently working on.

Currently, in writing I am rereading my diary of half a century ago, mining my experiences and emotions of the “days of youth,” and writing something of a memoir but with the hope of translating my emotions and mindset of that era into a novel. (I have been keeping a diary since I was 15 and it now fills 70 volumes.) Painting wise, I am doing several commissioned pieces in both watercolor and oil, and, at the same time, preparing for upcoming shows.

Everyday is an adventure. I look forward to the workday like a kid looks forward to Christmas morning. I get up around 3 a.m. every day of the week. As a rule, I try to get in at least two and a half hours of writing and at least three hours painting by noon. Busywork for both careers is done later in the day when my energies are waning.

It may not sound like a very exciting life ("What? No late night carousing?") but it is the only way I know to produce anything. Besides, I can't think of anything more exciting than putting a pen to paper or a brush to canvas.

Best wishes,

John Armistead
1800 West Main Street
Tupelo, MS 38801