Writerly Writes

While writing this book, I had to dig deep to try and picture living in a situation where you have access to…not much.  Food for instance.  In the Stamper’s situation, other than what they could grow, hunt, and kill or scavenge, this was the only


I’ve watched commercials on TV where they show one of those nice bathtubs you can step in, shut a door, and let it fill up, targeted towards the elderly, or perhaps individuals who have difficulty lifting their legs, or with balance issues, etc.  One particular


As kids, my brother and I always hated when our parents argued.  We’d want it to end quickly and without any long term sense of discord in the house.  My Dad was soft spoken, and I rarely heard him raise his voice.  Mom was more


Exposure to the natural elements is a big part of this story, so here’s a question.  In such a situation, (think of the show, NAKED AND AFRAID) which would you prefer, having to contend with the heat, or the cold?  I’ve had it both ways. 


It’s that time of year when those of us who live in certain regions of the U.S. are told to be prepared.  We’re told to have enough water for three days, canned foods, batteries, flashlights, and a generator if you can afford one.  From June


The back flap copy of the book cover says, “Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name.” An early reviewer who posted on Goodreads, said, “Wallis Ann is a fantastic main character. She is strong and can work like a man but she


I absolutely love these giveaways!  Kensington is holding this one, and you’ll have a chance to win one of FIVE copies of THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! Contest begins tomorrow, July 6th.  All you have to do is…wait for tomorrow, then ENTER HERE!      


I’ve already mentioned parts of THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET have some historic fact, and it was the flood in western North Carolina in 1940 that became the launch point for my story. A flood is something I’ve only recently become a little more intimately familiar


Years ago, my husband to be and I went on a hike in Doughton Park.  If you click on the link you’ll see a list of trails for the some thirty miles one can wander through, and never get lost.  (see what I did there?) 


Welcome to First Sentence Friday for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! When I set out to write this story, I knew I wanted it to take place in one of my favorite spots to visit, the Appalachian region of North Carolina.  This area is stunningly beautiful


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