June 6, 2018

Recently, I received a text from a close friend who had gifted my novels to her grandmothers, one of whom said, "She must be extremely smart to be able to write a novel."  And while I most certainly appreciated that gift, I was also relegated to the fact that in order...

May 15, 2018

Ask any published author if they enjoy the marketing and promoting of their work.  Most assuredly, their collective response would be, "I loathe it!"  And, they would be understating their feelings -- they would be making an attempt at diplomacy.  Ask every published a...

April 11, 2018

Libraries . . . magical, hypnotic, mysterious, enchanting, alluring, unforgettable . . . seep deep into our souls.

My earliest recollection of discovering all that a library gifts came and entered my life as a child growing up in St. Louis.  In so many ways, I never lef...

March 23, 2018

Harper Lee.  William Styron.  Donald Hall.  Kaye Gibbons.  Katherine Applegate.  Lisa Wingate.  Brian Selznick.  Glenn Taylor.  Each one, an author or a book that resonated with me so much that I found it absolutely necessary to let them know.  And the best part, they...

March 13, 2018

"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte.  "That in itself is a tremendous thing." Charlotte's Web

When I first met my friend, Patricia Tuckwiller, I did not know -- nor could I have known -- that years later her story would be so profound that I would incorporate i...

February 15, 2018

Social media posts focus primarily on babies & travel, food & events, and all manner of pets.  And, since I joined in 2016 with the publication of Honeysuckle Holiday and later, Marble Town, I've noticed the growing number of newly-published authors introducing their w...

February 6, 2018

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."  Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

Google "schools not teaching slavery" and reports from the Chicago Tribune, NPR, The Atlantic, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others add to...

January 27, 2018

Something captivating -- very captivating -- happened from the moment Megan Easter of the Kanawha City (KC) Book Club invited me to meet with them to discuss my debut YA-novel, HONEYSUCKLE HOLIDAY . . . and every minute of the gathering became more and more captivating...

January 11, 2018

If you've read my YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday, you most certainly "tasted" Lila's fried apple pies.  She fried "the juiciest apple pies in the universe."  Lucy loved them, and so did I in the summer of 1966 when my family and I lived in the hot, humid heat of a Memph...

January 5, 2018

Not long after the release of my debut YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday, I was invited to present the work to a group of low-income summer campers as a study in diversity and acceptance.  I was honored and overwhelmed at the book's reception.  The individual had read my n...