I'm a retired teacher who lives in rural Franklin County, Virginia, where I'm close to—but not on—Smith Mountain Lake. In the distance, I can see these Blue Ridge Mountains. The history and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains—part of the Appalachian Mountain Range—are a major influence on my writing.
Since the early 90s, I've written articles, short stories, a little poetry and a couple of novels. My current interests are Appalachian stories and children’s literature.
Part of my middle grade novel, Stuck, is set in Union Hall, Virginia, where I'm third generation owner of the family farm.
My newest Kindle ebook is Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories, a $1.99 collection of nine humorous short stories, most of which were previously published. You can read a sample or order a copy here.
Over Coffee is a collection of five short stories about awkward relationships. You can order a copy or download a sample of part of the first story here. One of the stories, "The Roadhunter," is in the Fall 2013 issue of Discover Smith Mountain Lake magazine.
Also a Kindle ebook is my 2001 novel, Patches on the Same Quilt, which is set in the Penhook-Union Hall area. It has been revised, has a new cover, and is now available for $2.99. You can order the ebook or download a sample here.
I'll have a story in the premier issue of Virginia Literary Journal in March, 2014.
You can read more about me on my bio page.
Click here to watch my July 11, 2012 interview: