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Check Out MULTIFOCAL LENS–my students’ awesome blog

This fall I’ve been teaching a continuing education class on blogging at Blue Ridge Community College.  The experience reminds me of when I was the advisor for a creative arts journal at a girls’ boarding school–it’s so much fun to … Continue reading

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MY LITTLE BOOK BLOG offers a fresh perspective

Anyone who’s ventured into the big wide world of the blogosphere has probably stumbled upon tons of book review blogs.  As an author, the problem I’ve found is that most of them are either awful or they have a very narrow point of view–they only … Continue reading

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An Ode to Libraries, Part One

Dear readers, Here’s a shocker for you: new authors published by small, indie presses don’t go on big publicity tours.  We don’t have fancy ad campaigns.  And we certainly don’t make gobs of money. Which is not to say we … Continue reading

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Apalachee Review on The Button Collector . . . .

Two things caught my attention this morning. One was an interview with Stephen King in which he revealed his most hated expressions, things like “some people say” and “at the end of the day.” This made me cringe a bit … Continue reading

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A Day on the Swamp Rabbit

Earlier this year I did a story for our local paper about The Swamp Rabbit, a rails-to-trails project in Upstate South Carolina.  The original railroad was a short line used for various industrial purposes in the former mill town of Greenville, … Continue reading

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Button People Profiles: Meet the Button Floozies

To me, buttons are primarily a literary device, but to others they are much more.  I’ve been fascinated to learn the history behind these little artifacts and see the incredible things people have made with them.  That’s why, from time to time, I … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Bookfest This Weekend!

This Saturday, April 26, I’ll be exhibiting at the Blue Ridge Bookfest at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC.  The keynote speaker this year is Ken Grossman, author of Beyond the Pale and co-founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing … Continue reading

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The Button Collector Goes to London

Exciting News!!  The Button Collector will be at the London Book Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-10, 2014. Even though The Button Collector fits comfortably in the genre of Southern fiction, I’ve always felt it also resonates with UK literary … Continue reading

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Button Flash Nine: Breaking the Rules with MLK Jr.

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m breaking all the rules.  For this, my Ninth Button Flash Story, I’m disregarding arbitrary word and time limits.  And, here’s the kicker:  the piece you are about to read is not even … Continue reading

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For Your Epiphany Reading–O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi

On this morning of Epiphany, I feel inspired to reread O. Henry’s classic short story, The Gift of the Magi.  In wonderful serendipity, it’s free and available to everyone through Project Gutenberg, which in itself reminds me of light coming … Continue reading

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