Thursday, October 25, 2018


Surprises arrive in all shapes and sizes!

     Some days are better than others.  Monday was a red-letter day for me.  My latest book, Georgia Stories On My Mind, hit  #1 on Amazon in all three of my categories.  God is good and I am blessed.

     Ten years ago when I stepped into Sarah Hamer's class at LSUS, I never dreamed about writing on a serious basis.  She talked about POV the first night.  I raised my hand and asked what those initials stood for.  The entire class turned and leveled a stare at me as if I was from outer space.  After two Fiction Writing classses, I could not get enough workshops, attend enough writing conferences or read enough "How to Write" books. This has not changed. 

      Along this journey I have met the most amazing people on the planet.  Other writers have generously offered their advice and helped mark the trail for me to follow.  Mary Marvella has been my editor from the moment we met.  Family, friends, and readers are the best!  Every time I get discouraged they come and lift me up.

     Of course, all writers need to read.  Some people think a writer should read the genre which they write.  I believe writers should read everything.  Greater exposure broadens our scope. Reading has allowed me to mourn with Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg and walk on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

     Thanks to my family, friends, and readers who have read and are reading Georgia Stories On My Mind.  You are the reason for me to get out of bed each day.
     Have you had a special day that you would like to share?  I'd love to hear about it.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Essential Books

       Books, books and more books!

When you read a book, you embark on a new life adventure.
When you buy a book, you invest in a new outlook on life.
When you write a book, you share a part of yourself and a new journey of life.

     These words have been said a thousand different ways, but they always mean the same thing. Books are important. I'm glad books are essential to my life.

     Few things have affected my life as much as reading. Non-fiction teaches me important things I need to know. Thank goodness for people who write "How to..." books. 
      A good book transports me to another world in minutes. The drama awakens my senses, and I am lost in the time, character, and story.  Fiction grabs me and doesn't let go until I've worked through the events and conflicts to reach a resolution. Stories of joy and sadness, ups and downs reflect real life, often shedding new light on a problem solved in a new way.

     Today I read fiction and non-fiction. It's delightful to have time to sit and read. My husband polished off a fiction book from the beginning until the end. Thanks to Lisa Wingate and thanks to Heather Burch--you made our day.

     I would like to invite you to be a part of my book launch on July 28 for Georgia Stories On My Mind.  Barbara Barth has planned an extravaganza at the Monroe Art Center. She really knows how to throw a party. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Georgia Stories On My Mind

Georgia Stories On My Mind will launch July 28.  Experience the heartwarming southern tales that reach beyond these turbulent times. Enjoy stories shaped by local traditions and legends and the people who live life to the fullest through joys and hardships. Inhale the essence of revitalized small town squares while eating hand-scooped ice cream on a park bench. Each town has its own magic. Sometimes the most real things in life are things we cannot see but those that deeply touch us. Share smiles and shed tears as you travel the curving road of life with these Georgia characters looking for hope, faith, trust, reconciliation, and love. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

                   Recommended Books on Writing Craft


     1.  Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi—The Emotional Thesaurus
2.  Martha Alderson—The Plot Whisperer
3.  James Scott Bell – The Art of War for Writers
4.  Mary Buckham & Dianna Love – Break Into Fiction
5.  Orson Scott Card – Characters and Viewpoint
6.  Annie Dillard—The Writing Life
7.  Debra Dixon – GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict
8.  Les Edgerton—Hooked
9.  Michael Hauge – Story Structure
10. Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
11. Dean Koontz – How to Write Best Selling Fiction
12. Nancy Kress—Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
13. Noah Lukeman –  The First Five Pages
14. Donald Maas – Writing the Breakout Novel
15. William Strunk and E.B. White – The Elements of Style
16. Christopher Vogler – The Writers Journey/Hero’s Journey

More to come--books on using social media to promote  your work.