Showing posts from December, 2012

Liebster Award

Today's blog is fun … as in I'm helping a friend with her Liebster Award nomination. Kay LaLone is someone I've known for many, many years. We met in a critique group run by an American writer living in Egypt, but when that group slid into oblivion, I invited Kay to join another of my groups. Since then, we've both worked hard to achieve our dreams, and we did … within month of each other. Her book, Ghostly Clues, and my book, Softly Say Goodbye, are both available on Amazon, and are both doing well. That being said, let's get on with the questions Kay sent me to answer. And they are some good questions. I think of them as my dreams coming true!

1.If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would purchase?
Oh, that's so easy. I'd find a deserted island somewhere and buy it. Isolation is great for writers, but I'd also need to buy a nice boat so hubby, teenage son, and I could travel to populated areas to keep sane.

2.Is there something unique abo…

Mystery Times Nine - The Shame of West Landry

Tomorrow marks the release of Mystery Times Nine from Buddhapuss Ink. This year's anthology contains my story, The Shame of West Landry.

Like all my contemporary stories, The Shame of West Landry happens in the town of Landry, Georgia. Landry is in the northwest part of the state, a small town where residents struggle to raise their children, and also maintain their history, dating back to before the Civil War. Residents who have read my stories recognize Landry as the place where I live, and it is to a degree, but it also contains elements from every place I've visited or lived.
In this story, Bree Sandowski must use her ability to communicate with ghosts to solve a mystery going back to the summer of 65 – that's 1965. During that particular summer, her great-uncle, Jack, newly returned from duty in Vietnam vanished right after the historic West Landry Grocery Store burned. Rumors abounded from he had done the deed to he'd witnessed the arson and was killed to hide t…

The Next Big Thing

Fellow author Kay LaLone challenged me to the next big thing, where I talk about my current work in progress. That was the easy part, but a nasty cold sidelined me, on top of recovering from a holiday guest I'd looked forward to seeing for most of this year. So, I don't have anyone to refer you to after this, which makes it back to Kay!
Kay, along with the other ten people who are privy to my works in progress, know I always have something simmering from idea to awaiting submission. There are so many ideas, so many stories screaming for release, I just have to write down bits and pieces here and there. But the star this month is one I've labored over many, many times. It's now in the final editing stages, and I hope will find a home soon.
What is your working title of your book?
Take Chances
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The Virginia Tech Shooting – the first one. That's when I started the research.
What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult, contempor…