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June 16, 2019

Today being Father's Day, I thought I'd share some thoughts on my father and the father characters in my books.  I grew up a daddy's girl, and the fact that he is my stepfather (who officially adopted me) indicates that he's something special.  Keith, my husband, is in...

March 18, 2018

Yesterday, my husband and I went to Femme Fatale Arms and Training (the store mentioned in the first Charlotte Ritter mystery book) for an Intro to Firearms/Concealed Carry class.  We spent a few hours in the classroom learning about gun safety, gun laws, how guns work...

March 3, 2018

  I know that March being Women's History Month is specifically for women who have "made history" through their heroic actions or great societal contributions.  But, I think it's important that we remember women who contributed to the world through humbler activities....

February 19, 2018

Well, if you've read any of my books, you're sure to notice that coffee is always involved.  From Bert sipping a cup of Joe at the local diner to Michael scouting the best coffee places wherever he travels, to Charlotte and her obvious coffee addiction; there's coffee-...

February 14, 2018

I like to think that I'm not a mushy romantic, but I'm often forced to admit that simply isn't true.  I'm a hopeless romantic if ever there was one.  Writing romance is a challenge for me because I feel like I have a different perspective on what constitutes romance co...

April 10, 2017

Dogwood Alley sits nestled among hills with curvy, narrow roads that meander around a creek lined with dogwood trees and rhododendron.  The ol' homestead, the Crawford farm, is no longer there, but other landmarks stand in testament to the stories told of the family wi...

January 28, 2017

This picture is the only surviving photo of my grandparents' wedding, officiated by my great-grandfather, Fred L. Crawford (a main character in Dogwood Alley).  I was looking at the picture today in an effort to write a description of my grandmother's dress, and re-dis...

December 27, 2016

My journey into writing began many years ago as a fourteen-year-old girl, riding in the back of a large sedan, listening to conversations between my grandfather and great-grandfather. My Pappaw, as I called him, was living in a nursing home, and my grandfather, who liv...

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