‘I write because I want to matter’: Kentucky author Court Stevens launches new novel at Bob Kirby Branch

Madison Carter, News reporter

Author Courtney C. Stevens, also known as Court Stevens, celebrated the release of her seventh book “We Were Kings” at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Stevens is not only a writer but also serves as the community outreach manager for the Warren County Public Library.

The event included a questionnaire session with Stevens and ended with the chance for the audience to purchase a signed copy of the novel. 

The book description states: “Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Francis Quick was convicted of murdering her best friend, Cora King, and sentenced to death. Now the highly debated Accelerated Death Penalty Act has passed giving Frankie thirty final days to live. Surprising everyone, one of the King family members sets out to challenge the woefully inadequate evidence and potential innocence of Frankie Quick.”

Stevens described the book as a mystery novel loaded with observations about perception versus truth and packed with emotional self discovery.

Before the questionnaire session began, Stevens read the audience a piece she wrote about the real reasons she writes. 

“I write because writing something hopeful feels like it evens out some of the destruction in the world,” Stevens said. “I write to be a better human. I write to be closer to God. I write because I want to matter.”

Ultimately, Stevens shared that writing is so important to her because it gives her the opportunity to meet readers whose stories are so profound. Writing allows her to connect to people and share truth with them. 

“I use words, not to tell my story, but for the honor of someday listening to yours,” Stevens said. “I use words so that I have the chance to get eyeball to eyeball with you and speak truth. Here’s the truth: you’re loved and you matter.”

“We Were Kings” can be ordered from Parnassus Books, Walmart, Amazon or Target. 

To learn more about Court Stevens, visit her website at http://www.courtneycstevens.com/.

News reporter Madison Carter can be reached at [email protected] topper.wku.edu.