12:00 PM to 12:25 PM
Adventures in Writing
Mr. Parnell provides a personal and humorous look at how a non-professionally trained author’s books have come to be! He also seeks to encourage others to loose their muse and allow it to flourish.
Mr. Parnell is donating half of all sales proceeds to the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance to support their efforts to rid the Buffalo of corporate agriculture.
About Todd Parnell
Todd Parnell is the recently retired President of Drury University, co-founder and retired CEO of THE BANK in Springfield, MO, civic leader, environmental advocate as co-founder of the Upper White River Basin Foundation, recently retired Chairman of the Missouri Clean Water Commission, and award winning author inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2012. He holds Masters degrees in Business from Dartmouth University and History from Missouri State University, and is a graduate of Drury University.
Mr. Parnell began writing non-fiction during his years as a banker and educator, including published works The Buffalo, Ben, and Me, Mom at War, and Postcards from Branson. He tried his hand at fiction upon retiring from the Drury presidency and hasn’t stopped writing since, publishing the Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy (Skunk Creek, Swine Branch, and Donny Brook), with a second trilogy, Children of the Creek nearly complete.
In his own words, “I’ve had great fun writing about the Ozarks and tackling important contemporary issues in that stereotypical context!” Parnell was born in Branson, MO and is a 6th generation Ozarker. He resides with his wife of forty years Betty in Springfield, MO and is blessed with four children and five grandchildren.