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Welcome!  This is my writing website with information about my published books, essays, articles and, of course, works in progress.  

So many people, books, articles, websites, and blogs have been helpful to me in this journey that I've created a reading list to capture inspiration from noted authors and two blogs--one to document the many facets of writing and publishing that a self-taught writer had to digest and the other to record my musings on other women of the arts, word art or otherwise.  I hope you will find something useful to you here and, of course, that you'll be tempted to order one of my novels to enjoy at your leisure.

 
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The Quiet Room

My latest novel will be released in January 2014.   See the "books" tab above for more information and  check out "events and news" for a list of upcoming signings and recent reviews.

 





Winner of the Atlanta Writer's Club Spring 2013 Writing Competition ... my short story "Shamrocks, Nudes, and Nightingales" won first place for the "wild card" themed short story competition.  Look for a full fledged book based on the story in late 2013.

Released in 2013 ... Into the Light of Day" a collection of ten short stories "torn from the pages of real lives".  In the summer and fall of 2012, I interviewed several individuals, some life-long friends, some distant relatives, and some complete strangers all of whom were gracious enough to contribute their memories and moments. 
 

Released in 2011 ... MERYL'S COMMITMENT, my experiment in romance novels in the style of Harlequin Romances but with a dose of southern flavor.  A predictable happy ending, of course (that's what romances are all about) and a quick read to boot for escaping the everyday when you need a break.


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reviews

Mention of The Quiet Room in February's PointsNorth Magazine

"...Set in Evansville, Ind., a town generations of her family called home, this historical novel follows the steps and missteps of Liese Stephens, daughter of an evangelical preacher and his ailing, passionless wife.  The exquisitely researched novel casts a spotlight on the claustrophobia of small town America with its farmhands, saloonkeepers, family doctors, and abortionists.  It also explores the sweeping events of the times and their impact on Liese's German-American family...


First review of Into the Light of Day on Amazon.com

"I enjoyed reading this short story collection.  Besides entertaining short works of prose, the collection gives a glimpse into the author's writing style, and, being short, allows the reader to read a complete narrative with only a reasonable amount of time available.  I liked the way the author ended each piece with more details about the actual person portrayed in the story and the reason she chose to write the story.  Highly recommended."


Reviews for Meryl's Commitment on Amazon.com

"This was an interesting book ... about a woman who works her butt off as an intern at an architectural firm in Atlanta to help pay the upkeep on her beloved family home in a small town hours away from the city hoping to be hired on in a full-time position. ... As the book goes along she learns a lot about herself and the world around her. ... I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel."

"Meryl's Commitment was a wonderful story. A great weekend read with just enough romance and intrigue. Meryl, a young intern in an Atlanta architectural design firm meets and falls for Riccardo a very wealth, slightly older client. The author weaves in some interesting and unexpected twists and turns. Don't head to the beach this summer without a copy of this book in your beach bag!"

"This was an interesting book. I wouldn't classify it as a romance as there really wasn't any. It was more or less about a woman who works her butt off as an intern at an architectural firm in Atlanta to help pay the upkeep on her beloved family home in a small town hours away from the city hoping to be hired on in a full-time position. She finds out that there's a man who's buying up property all around her, but she refuses to sell. .... I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel.

"I like this new, entertaining book. Like many book lovers, my reading time is limited and many selections remain unread after several chapters. This one--I read over the weekend. Recommend it. How about a sequel?"

" ... I agree with the previous reviewer. This novel held my attention. It was very visual and was nicely written. I could definitely see a sequel. My only complaint would be just that the ending was a bit predictable and I wanted to see a more unexpected turn of events. So, I'll wait for episode #2 when things go haywire. And episode #3 were they get fixed again and so on, and so on. Sex in the Southern City and Mr. Big - look out."