Austin has written a book of which he is extremely proud, simply because it involves his life – the good and the bad, the ups and downs, the sad times and the happy times.
The title of the book is “Shot from Taw,” and the story takes place from the mill village in Walco to New York and Chattanooga, and concerns his many incidents of learning and revelations along the way. It’s about his parents, Willie and Lois Austin and episodes about his brothers, Perry, Steve and Bill, and more, but mostly about himself. He reveals some of his growing pains, his struggles with life’s trials, a lot of hilarious things that came along the way, and some poignant moments that he went through to get to where he is today.
Through each chapter the reader will see a theme of having awareness and acceptance of where one is at any moment in life as they are encouraged by the author to look forward with the confidence attained in that moment.
Austin talks about his brothers, who became well known artists, and have exhibited their paintings side by side through the years. There are stories about some of their fishing experiences, travels, his boat trip down the east coast, trip to Honduras and many people he has met along the way.
Austin tells about the years when his father was president of yarn sales at Avondale Mills. He writes about the phases of business that have changed dramatically over the last twenty years, causing the same impact throughout areas of America as felt in this area when Avondale Mills closed down.
He later went to work in marketing and sales for a sock company and moved to Ft. Payne. Austin says for years the city was the official “sock capitol of the world,” with more than a hundred mills running wide open. Today, most of those mills have closed their doors, causing a yearning for the way things were.
Austin chose the pen name “Austin K. Austin,” simply because he liked the sound of it, and the title for the book was chosen because it was a unique saying coming from his mother’s family. It has a meaning concerning the coming of age or coming to the point when you have knowledge through experience. Austin’s mother was part of the well known Ellison clan who lived and worked in the Gantts Quarry area of Sylacauga.
Today, David and Perry Austin both exhibit their art locally at the Loretta Goodwin Art Gallery in Birmingham. All three brothers have exhibited at the New York Art Expo, and all three have been featured in several national art magazines.
“I’m proud of this book,” the writer said, “I believe everyone who reads it will find it easy to read, lots of fun, and a new found encouragement concerning wherever they are in their life at this moment.”
The kindle book is available at Amazon Books under the title “Shot From Taw”, and for the next two days it will be free.