Tag Archives: historical fiction

New column: “Winter Storm Diego meant cold weather, warm hearts”

Hi, all! My newest newspaper column is up, and it’s all about how my small community in the mountains of Western North Carolina came together during Winter Storm Diego. To read, click here. Want to stock your Kindles and e-readers … Continue reading

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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

Hi, folks. Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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KEOWEE VALLEY ON SALE for 99 CENTS now through December 31st!

Hi, lovely readers! I’m thrilled to announce that my publisher is running a holiday promotion! The Kindle version of my historical novel, KEOWEE VALLEY, is on sale for $0.99 now through December 31st on Amazon! Yep, just 99 cents!   If you’ve been … Continue reading

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New column: “What I’m reading and watching this winter: ‘Finding Your Roots’ and more”

Hi, folks. Last week, I mentioned somewhere and to someone that the week had been a doozy. This week heard me say it, and is currently laughing in my face. We are battling influenza, lost gemstones, children staging WWIII instead … Continue reading

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New column: “How to break the heart of a modern college student”

This week in my newspaper column, I’m talking about Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” and what’s it has been like to share the film with my college students, who weren’t even born yet when the movie came out. After 13 … Continue reading

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New column: “Book clubs and dreaming big”

It’s a special thing, as a first-time novelist, to visit book clubs. A dream come true, really. But it’s especially lovely when you get to be the guest at the book club of your 6th grade Language Arts teacher, like … Continue reading

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Walking the Story: a new essay at the Bell Bridge Books blog

Happy, Happy Friday, friends! A short piece of mine is currently being featured at my publisher’s website. Called “Walking the Story,” it’s about how I quite literally walked, hiked, backpacked, paddled, climbed and swam the story as I wrote my … Continue reading

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New column: “We are all works in progress”

My column this week in The Greenville News is all about falling flat on your tush, and getting up again. And imperfection, life, and more. I sure hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here. ** Also, just in case … Continue reading

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Need a new book to read for 2017? “Keowee Valley” on sale for ONLY $1.99!

Hi, folks. I’m excited to share that the Kindle version of my historical novel, Keowee Valley, is on sale from now until January 15th at Amazon! ONLY $1.99!  Folks have some really nice things to say about Keowee Valley: Pat … Continue reading

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I’m teaching a new class, open to all!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching this Fall in the Great Smokies Writing Program through the University of North Carolina-Asheville. My class, “Telling the Truth Slanted: Writing History in Fiction,” will meet on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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