Story Magazine; A Louisville Gem.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Story Magazine. I was pretty excited, waiting for it to hit newsstands.

I walked into my local Barnes & Noble, and found it in the local interest section. Now, I have to be honest... typically, I rarely venture into this aisle. My normal (and probably eyerolling-ly typical of me) routine, is grabbing my beauty magazine, browsing the bargained price books, curiously peeking into gemstone and hippy dippy astrology books (that my husband teases me about!) and strolling into Starbucks to order my Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino. I suppose its because most magazines about local stuff never truly grabbed my attention. I almost always look for stuff online and social media, but never really looked through a whole lot of local magazines (unless I'm grabbing something in particular), partly because most of them were about boring, generic places to visit. (I'm more of a whole in the wall, let's pack the anti-bacterial gel and sift through old stuff in a flea market type of person..)


This, is unlike any local magazine I've read in the past. While reading through it, not only was I intrigued (as usual) and impressed by their writing (you can tell they have a passion for it.), but I was literally laughing out loud reading some parts of it (Look up their "Is Kentucky South or What?" piece.). The descriptions and writings almost make you feel like you're there, right along side them, experiencing and witnessing the interviews as they take place. If you're one of the few that haven't picked an issue up, I really recommend grabbing one. Not only will locals love hearing of stories close to home, general readers alike will fall in love with the neat articles (Johnny Depp ring a bell??) as well.

I asked the CEO/Editor in Chief, Julie Wilson, if she'd be willing to answer a few questions for my readers, and I'm happy to be able to share them with you!<3

What do you think you'd like new potential readers to know about your magazine?

I’ve lived in Kentucky since I was four years old, and I thought I knew everything there was to know about the state. Yet with each issue, many new undiscovered tales unfold, and I’m even more enamoured with our state. I know readers will feel the same way, especially those who want to know more about Kentucky’s off the beaten path stories.

How did your magazine come into existence?

The idea came to me in the fall of 2011. Before then I had been in publishing on a national and international level. But then I had the opportunity to focus on stories in my own backyard, and it evolved into STORY. In January 2012, we hit the ground running and have never looked back.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been a storyteller since I was young. In fact, I liked to tell my parents “creative” stories whenever I got in trouble! :-) My love for writing grew from fictional writing to sharing stories with a journalistic approach.

Do you have any advice for young readers who are interested in writing?

You can never write too much or read too many books. All of these efforts will just fuel your talent and grow your field of experience.

If you could choose any story you've featured, which one do you think stands out the most?

Personally, I was overwhelmed by the story of the McKinleys, the husband and wife team from Stanford, Ky., who spend their summers salmon fishing in Alaska. They are the most down-to-earth couple with such a passion for what they do. And they are from a small town in Kentucky, right here in our backyard. Amazing.

 Thanks Julie for taking the time to talk to me.<3 I loved her answers. I think that's a huge inspiration to anyone trying to fuel their passion for writing.

You can grab an issue on stands now at these following locations:

Barnes & Noble
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
The Morris Book Shop
Third Street Stuff

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, I'm not from your area and enjoyed the interview. This interview was an inspiration, thank you for sharing!