About Me

Tale-spinner. Revealer of secrets. Bailey, the rescue pup's best friend. Cornbread and fried okra country girl.

A prevailing theme in my stories can be summed up by this quote from Rumi:

“Step into the fire of self-discovery. It will not burn you. It will only burn what you are not."

I write mostly women’s and historical fiction. Stories about the fighting spirit of women as they struggle, not just to survive, but to rise above crushing adversity with courage and honor, draw me like a moth to a flame.

I'm inspired by the inherent dignity and resilience of the human spirit and am often amazed at how characters so often rise above themselves when faced with seemingly impossible obstacles. I write strong secondary characters, giving attention and dimension to the people who play a major role in the journey of the main character.

Tale-spinner. Revealer of secrets. Bailey, the rescue pup's best friend. Cornbread and fried okra country girl.

Another way you can help - reviews.

They are difficult to come by these days. People have good intentions but get busy with life and forget, but you, the reader, have the power to make or break a book. So, if you would be so kind, please post a review on Amazon. (And Good Reads, too, if you are a member.)

 

It doesn’t have to be long or fancy.  Even a sentence or two means a lot and carries weight with a person looking for a new book. It would mean so much to me.

Another way you can help - reviews.

They are difficult to come by these days. People have good intentions but get busy with life and forget, but you, the reader, have the power to make or break a book. So, if you would be so kind, please post a review on Amazon. (And Good Reads, too, if you are a member.)

 

It doesn’t have to be long or fancy.  Even a sentence or two means a lot and carries weight with a person looking for a new book. It would mean so much to me.

The get-a-life part.

Writing has always defined me

I've been writing as long as I can remember, beginning with making up stories as a very young child.  Even in those years when life got in the way and I didn’t actually write, I was still a writer.

 

Prentice Hall, New York, published my first book, a college textbook, "Introduction to Commercial Real Estate" in 1990.  I admit that was a case of  “accidental author”  because I never intended to write non-fiction.  My heart has always been with fiction.

 

People often ask where I get story ideas and inspiration. An idea can come from anywhere – a news story, a random comment, observation of interactions between people, my own or someone else’s reaction to an event or circumstance. 

 

For instance, the idea for High Cotton Country came from an incident that occurred in my childhood. The concept for A Shadow Life was inspired when we found some old records in a family Bible.

 

Once the kernel of the idea takes hold, I begin to see the story unfolding in my mind like a movie.  I just write what I see.

 

 

The two things I like most about writing are 1) getting acquainted with new characters and seeing what they will do as the story develops. They often surprise me. 2) Hearing about the enjoyment my stories bring to readers. 

The get-a-life part.

There is life outside writing, although I confess at some level, I am always writing in the back of my mind. When not sitting at the keyboard I enjoy fellowship with a large, fun-loving family, spending time with "Da Chief", interacting with readers and other writers, my rescue pup, Bailey, and church.

In addition, I love riding a motorcycle (trike), as a passenger. I do some of my best writing in my head on the back of the bike. I just have to remember it until I get home. 

It has been many years since I have been able to travel extensively, but when I was able, some favorite destinations were Hong Kong, Singapore and especially Ireland. My ancestors migrated from there to North Carolina in 1750.

The call of the open road.

There’s just something about a long, lonesome road that calls my name.

It speaks to me

The ride.

The ride. A Stallion trike by Thoroughbred Motor Sports, Texas. (As a passenger, of course.)

The call of the open road - 

it speaks to me.

 

There’s just something about a long, lonesome road that calls my name.

Either way -

She looks good coming or going.

Off on another adventure.

“Travel…the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” 
~Brenna Smith

 Favorite Destination:

Ireland 

A few favorite spots.

A couple of years ago, my sister generously took my younger sister and I on the trip of a lifetime to Ireland. The destination of my heart.

 

1. Beech House Country House Hotel, Londonderry. Charming. The best part of Irish food was the breakfasts. The pubs were fun, too.

2. Busmills. Interesting and fun stop. Samples. Here’s where I discovered Bushmill’s Honey Whiskey.

3. Ballintoy Harbor. Beautiful spot. Good ice cream.

4. With my sisters in a snug at the historic Crown Saloon, Belfast. Awesome architecture and the food was some of the best we had.

The story wouldn't be complete without a little about Bailey.

"We adopted Bailey when she was about eight weeks old from a rescue shelter. They told us they thought she was a dachshund and chihuahua mix. She may be part chihuahua but there's sure no dachshund in her!

 

She is lean and long-legged. The vet thinks she's a mix of miniature greyhound and probably chihuahua. 

 

I've always had dogs and loved them all, but she's the absolute best. She's sweet, obedient and lovable. She doesn't bark and sleeps in her kennel all night without a problem. There's only one issue and it's summed up in a sign I had made for the entryway:

 

"Welcome to our home. (Our names) and Bailey, the rescue pup who can't hold her likker."

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