Today’s the day! The Fall/Winter 2017 Buzz Books catalog published by Publisher’s Marketplace and featuring the top forty titles for the season is now available. What you want to know is this catalog contains the first chapter of my next book, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET. 


2
May

Encounters

Just a little story here… Out on my run the other day, I’m going along, head in the clouds so to speak. I’ve said it a bunch, when I’m running, I’m writing.  So, up one street, down another, zig through the graveyard, zag back out. 


It’s been a while since I wrote a post about…writing. The truth is, writers are never not writing, ya know?  Even when I’m not telling you I’m writing – I am. Lately I’ve been working on a new project, and I’ve hit the halfway mark. 


Don’t you just love do overs?  Although I provided a “correction” to what I’d talked about in my post yesterday with regard to all the news related to my books, I realized some would have only read the original post.  While my news isn’t all


My word, y’all.  There has been so much pouring in, I figured I better do a post just to make sure I’m able to keep track of it myself!  Some of this will be a repeat for a few of you, but hey, good news


I thought I’d share with you some early “buzz” about my next novel, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET.  Yesterday I received an email from one of my publicists with great news the book has been selected as a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Book for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018


Below is the link for the interview I did for Book Talk Memphis when I visited Mississippi in February.  Linda Lloyd was the interviewer for WYPL 89.3 radio.  I thought she did a great job in pulling out the some of the deeper meaning and


21
Mar

Dear Betsy

…how you honored me today with this!!! For years, I’ve followed agent Betsy Lerner’s blog – make that agent extraordinaire, i.e., also writer, poet, and of late, fierce bridge player. Writers follow agent blogs for many reasons.  Some want the inside “scoop” on publishing, some


The moment has arrived…and the wonderful folks over at Deep South Magazine agreed to do the cover reveal for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! View the cover, plus what I had to say about it here. And then, be sure to let me know what you


We’re back in North Carolina after a whirlwind week in Mississippi.  We left last Friday, February 17th at 5:00 a.m. and arrived in Holly Springs around 4:30 p.m. CST.  It’s a day long ride down through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and then into MS, but


In a couple of days we’re heading for Mississippi, land of cotton, home of the blues, and a history so rich in all things southern – some good, some bad – that all it takes is a day or two of being there, and you


Authorlink contributor, Diane Slocum, requested an interview to discuss my writing process on THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE. What is uniquely different about each interview I’ve done thus far, is the interviewer’s ability to make me really think about not only my personal writing habits,


I was proud and honored to be asked to do an interview for Bloom. From their About page: MISSION Welcome to Bloom — a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40


Deja vu, anyone? I know, I already announced this once when we were still working on the ability to publicize my posts simultaneously to social media.  That’s been fixed and so, I wanted to do another blog post to announce my new website – for


21
Jan

Welcome

…to my new web site! While working with the great design team over at Surfside Web, my main goal was to have an internet presence to represent what I write.  My stories are about hardy, determined people who face extraordinary hardships, privation, and sorrow, and


12
Jan

Kodachrome

I got a new camera for Christmas.  My husband can’t stand to see me struggle over anything, and although I never complain, there must be a look.  A frustrated glaring at whatever device I’m mangling into some modicum of acceptable performance. For instance, he gave


Fyi, y’all. My website is undergoing an overhaul – this time not by me, but by professionals. Amen to that! As much as I like plunking around and figuring out themes for a new look on occasion, the end result never quite meets my expectations


Over the holidays it got so busy I believe there were several times my brain and body disconnected.  Matter of fact, I know they did.  It was like I was on some sort of mental auto-pilot more than once. One of those moments happened when


…in with the new, as the old saying goes. Yesterday I took the tree and decorations down.  Some will think, but what about the Twelve Days of Christmas leading up to the Feast of Epiphany?  A twelve days of Christmas celebration never took place in


24
Dec

Silver Bells

I grew up listening to the old classic Christmas songs sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby,  Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee,  Alvin and the Chipmunks (yes, that one!)…the list goes on and on.  On Christmas Eve, Mom would put on a stack of records – for


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