Did you have an ornery childhood?

Did you have an ornery childhood?

Even the well-behaved will get a kick out of reading Ron Bay Jr.'s new book, “Little Heathens.” Looking back on innocent childhood days in California, Bay shares experiences and friendships everyone can relate to.

“It appeals to so many different age groups,” Bay said. “It goes across cultures as well as ages.”

When Bay was nine-years-old, he and his family moved to Carthage. He said moving from the west coast area to the Midwest was “quite a change, but the  mischief didn't change.”

He graduated from Carthage High School in 1975, and left Carthage in 1980. He traveled to various places with his career and has enjoyed his home in Chicago since 1993. Out of all the topics to write about, Bay said writing about his childhood came naturally.

“I didn't intend to publish it,” he said. “My siblings and I would get together and start telling stories and laughing – and I just thought, someday our children would like to have these stories … When people start talking about their childhood, the energy level goes up. If I can take a reader's average work day and take them back to those good days, make them laugh or smile – that's all worth it.”

Bay said he's happy with the work of Tate Publishing, a company that has produced the book quickly after he first sat down to write his memories in January 2011.

“I'm pretty excited with it so far,” he said. “I think the publishing company did an outstanding job with it … It's been just as much fun promoting this as writing it.”

So much fun, in fact, a sequel is on its way. Bay said “Always Little Heathens,” will touch on some wild days in Carthage – a town he holds dear to his heart.

Bay has two events coming up he hopes the community will turn out so he can see his classmates and friends from Carthage. He will be at the Mother Road Coffee Shop during the Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk, and the book signing event at the Missouri Southern State University library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26-27.

“Little Heathens” is available through Tate Publishing and Amazon.com. Friends and fans may also follow Bay on Twitter and Facebook.