I'm a retired teacher who lives in rural Franklin County, Virginia, where my roots run 250 years deep. 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. Read more about me on my bio page.
Since the early 90s, I've written articles, short stories, a little poetry and a couple of novels. My current interests are Appalachian fiction and children’s literature. One of my Appalachian short stories, "A Man of his Word" is on page 48 of the premier issue of Virginia Literary Journal.
Ferradiddledumday, my Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The illustrated paperback, published by Cedar Creek in 2010, book is available from Amazon. A Kindle ebook version (without illustrations) is also available.
Part of my middle grade novel, Stuck, is set in Union Hall, Virginia, where I'm third generation owner of my family farm. Stuck, published by Cedar Creek Publishing in 2011, is available in paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. A Kindle ebook version is here. Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.
My 2001 novel, Patches on the Same Quilt, set in the Penhook-Union Hall area, has been revised, has a new cover, and is now available as a Kindle download or as a paperback. The print version is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon .
Four collections of my short stories are available as Kindle ebooks. Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories ($1.99) contains nine humorous short stories, most of which were previously published. Read a sample or order a copy here. The Best 'Un Yet (99¢) is a collection of five Christmas stories;
One of the Over Coffee stores, "The Roadhunter," is in the Fall 2013 issue of Discover Smith Mountain Lake magazine.
On September 2, 2010, Janice Lee interviewed me for her "Featuring the Arts" show on WSKV in Stanton, KY.