15 Year-old Author Publishes First Novel; To Donate Share of Profits to St. Jude’s

Robert “Robby” Midgett, a 15 year-old Mt. Juliet boy with a teen-prodigy’s gift for writing science fiction, will officially release his first novel, Vagabonds, at a St. Jude’s benefit / book-signing launch party at Soulshine Pizza in Nashville on Tuesday, October 15 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Robby will donate a portion of the proceeds of all books sales (ongoing) to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The benefit for St. Jude’s will include live music and prizes. Soulshine Pizza is located at 1907 Division Street / Nashville, TN 37212.  The event is free and open to the public, with donations to St. Jude’s greatly appreciated.


By third grade, Robby Midgett read at a college level and by eleven he had written his first screenplay. Robby is currently preparing for his upcoming book tour. He is already working on another novel.


Started when Robby Midgett was just 13 years old, the sci-fi novel Vagabonds (Same Old Story Productions) is about a group of teenagers whose lives are turned upside after their peaceful world is invaded. Forced to travel from their destroyed homes, the teens forge new friendships . . . and do nightmarish things to survive.

“A Regina Spektor song called ‘Blue Lips’ inspired this book,” says Robby. “What started as a science fiction story slowly evolved into a tale of chaos and misfortune. That isn’t to say that only bad things happen in my stories, though. I tried to make it realistic. I wrote the protagonists how I thought young teenagers would act. I tried to keep the brutality of war and looked into history for inspiration.”

Vagabonds is available from Amazon.com or from your local bookseller via special order.

For more about Robby Midgett or Vagabonds, please visit:


David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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