Meet Templeton Moss – Lulu’s $5k for 5k Winner

This summer was a wild one here at Lulu. Between digging into some incredible updates to our self-publishing tools, we ran our first-ever writing contest with a $5,000 grand prize! It was incredible to read all the stories submitted for this contest, and I’m very pleased to introduce our winner: Templeton Moss.

Templeton Moss Headshot

Templeton’s story, The Danny Jacobs Program, follows a fictional comedian from the 1940s named Danny Jacobs and his passion for his work, despite countless barriers and hurdles. The story touches on historical issues comedy has always been happy to take on, like race and religion, while focusing on how important it is for everyone to chase their dreams.

And of course, the story is peppered with great jokes like:

“Oh, I’m feeling all right, Danny.”
“All right? What did your left arm fall asleep?” 

Excerpt From: Lulu Press, Inc. “Crossing Borders: A Lulu Anthology.”

Harhar, I know. But as dry as this joke looks on paper, Templeton’s story is all about delivery. About taking something mundane and simple, but delivering it in a novel way that makes us smile. The challenge all great comedians face. All examined in poignant detail, tracing the life of a comedian in under 5,000 words. No simple task.

Crossing Borders

Rather than go on about the story, I encourage everyone to check out the entire anthology, available for free on the Lulu bookstore.

Crossing Borders: A Lulu Anthology [EBOOK]

Borders. Boundaries. Limits. Life is a continual process of crossing borders and discovering something new. Tell us stories about overcoming obstacles; of physical, spiritual, and emotional change and growth. This anthology includes the shortlisted works and winning story from Lulu’s 2019 $5k for 5k writing contest.


Or, if you prefer your books in print, you can grab the paperback edition (also on the Lulu bookstore) and have your very own copy.

Crossing Borders: A Lulu Anthology [PRINT]

Borders. Boundaries. Limits. Life is a continual process of crossing borders and discovering something new. Tell us stories about overcoming obstacles; of physical, spiritual, and emotional change and growth. This anthology includes the shortlisted works and winning story from Lulu’s 2019 $5k for 5k writing contest.

Crossing Borders Anthology Cover Image

Getting to Know Templeton

After contacting Templeton to let him know he won (his response was “Ohmygodthankyousomuchiamsoexcited”) we thought it might be fun to send him a few questions about his writing process. Just like The Danny Jacobs Program, Templeton’s responses do not disappoint. 

What do you like to write? Short stories, novels, poetry? A little of everything?

A little of everything. I like to tell stories, and that takes many forms. Sometimes the story I want to tell will take the form of a short story, a play, or maybe a poem. To me, the story is the most important part, not the format.


Tell us a little bit about some of your Lulu projects! Are you working on anything new?

Most of what I have available on Lulu is young adult or children’s literature. A few books of fairy tales, some short novels for readers of different levels, that kind of thing. I just finished my book of “Children’s Poems For Grownups,” which I call Things That Came To Me. This tiny little book is particularly close to my heart as it contains the first piece of my original writing which was ever published by anyone besides me. At the moment, I am working on a book I call Tairy Fales which are mixed up versions of famous fairy tales, including “Snow White and the Three Bears,” “The Boy Who Cried Mermaid,” and “Rapunzelstiltskin.”


What’s your preferred way to write? Laptop in a cafe, pen, and paper at the beach, etc.

I usually write on a laptop, either at home, sitting on my bed (which is terrible for my spine and I really need to stop), or during my one-hour meal breaks at my day job. In fact, most of The Danny Jacobs Program was written in that breakroom. Every now and then, I try to get some writing done when I’m out and about, at a restaurant or someplace like that, but I find this harder because I usually need things to be pretty quiet when I’m working.


Tell us about yourself! What is one fun fact you’d like readers to know about you?

In addition to writing stories/poems/etc, I also like to draw and have illustrated all of my own books. I’ve been told I have a nice singing voice, too, and I enjoy singing while I’m working my day job at Half Price Books. I have what some people call a “magpie mind,” which means I’m seldom at a loss for interesting trivia or obscure facts, and I consider myself something of an expert on Disney. Some of my favorite authors are P. G. Wodehouse, Neil Simon, and Dr. Seuss.


The works of Templeton Moss

Of course, The Danny Jacobs Program is hardly the first story Templeton wrote. In fact, he has an entire catalog of books on the Lulu Bookstore. 

Templeton’s Spotlight

Find even more books by Templeton Moss on his Lulu Author Spotlight Page, The Galleon Lap Collection


If you want to keep up with Templeton, head over to his website, sixtysomethingtrees.com and follow his blog.

AUTHOR BIO:

Templeton Moss

I was born and raised in and around San Diego County in California, though, if pressed, I consider Disneyland to be my hometown. I started writing in high school because I saw Shakespeare In Love and I thought it would help me get girls. It didn’t, of course, but by the time I’d worked that out, I found I wasn’t any good at anything else, so I just kept it up. Since that time, I have had three plays produced, self-published numerous books for readers of all ages (except 83 1/2) and my stories and poems have appeared variously in print and online. When not writing, I can usually be found napping, watching cartoons, and occasionally even working at Half Price Books in Louisville, Kentucky. My favorite hobby is pizza and my turn offs include manual labor and the music of ABBA.

1 thought on “Meet Templeton Moss – Lulu’s $5k for 5k Winner”

  1. Congratulations, Templeton Moss! You must be very excited and proud to have won something so amazing! You did really well, and I can’t wait to read your story!

    Thanks to you, Paul, for writing this post!

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