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Friday lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress; or, “Woman from the future”

Happy Friday! Hope y’all enjoy this scene from the first (and very rough) draft of my historical novel-in-progress. For more about the story, and other scenes, go to my Work in Progress page. * Woman from the future * 72 … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “Cars and curricles”

Hi! It’s been a while, folks. Writing in the summertime when your kids are at home is a bit like running the gauntlet. (Yes, gauntlets have been around since people were basic brutes and rarely end well for the runner. … Continue reading

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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.  This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “A Freeing and a Clutch”

These new lines from the very first, very rough draft of my historical novel-in-progress are told from the point of view of Gamble, my modern protagonist. For more info on what I’m writing, check out my Work in Progress page, … Continue reading

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New scene–with coffee!–from my historical novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. Here’s a sneak peak at a scene from the VERY rough, very first draft of my historical novel-in-progress. Just to whet your history whistle on a Wednesday morning. The scene came about because of the very unusual hot … 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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Book Club Event Thursday Evening – Alexander County Library, N.C.

I’m happy to report that my Book Club visit to the Alexander County Book Club in Taylorsville, N.C. is back on for tomorrow night! We were derailed by Winter Storm Jonas, but now we’re back on track. I love visiting … Continue reading

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