Author of women's southern fiction

Adult Books

Welcome… to my world of exploring the complexities of human nature.  Several years ago, after more than a decade of writing children’s books, I tip-toed through a new door with great trepidation and began writing women’s fiction.  To say that it intimidated me is only half right.  The idea of doing a mountain of research, including long, back-aching hours of scouring the internet and spending an enormous about of time sitting down with people to hear their stories for inspiration and information in order to write mine, was enough to scare me away from trying it for many years.  But, there was a story there that I knew had to be written and the only way to stop that terribly annoying little voice from whispering in my ear to just go ahead and jump into that new realm was to just go ahead and jump into that new realm.  And what I found was that I loved it.

With every new story, I cross an unfamiliar threshold or look through a dusty window into the unknown.  I never know who my mind might have me meet along the way, but I’m excited to get to know the many different characters and anxious to see the places they would have me see. They tell me their stories as I bang away on the keyboard, oftentimes hardly able to keep up as their tales unfold.   It’s an exciting world, this world of women’s fiction, and I hope you’ll enjoy the many different journeys with me.  So, let’s step through another door and be on our way…

 

Beneath a Thousand Apple Trees 

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​     As the 20th century dawns, the world is transformed in dizzying ways. But nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a place, and a family, out of time—where one young girl will grow to face the challenges of each generation before her—and discover whether she has the strength to overcome them… The eldest surviving daughter of Anna Guinn, Rachel rarely ventures far from her home in the Appalachians, aside from an occasional trip into town to trade a penny for a peppermint stick. Sometimes she yearns for more, but as much as she fears her mother’s unstable mind, she is anchored by the strength of her grandmother, Willa. Freed from an abusive marriage, Willa holds the family together through hardship, all the while fulfilling her role as keeper of her neighbors’ carefully guarded secrets—the most painful of which may be her own.  In this isolated, eccentric world where people depend on moonshine to put food on the table, hang talismans to chase away ghosts—and tragedy can strike as suddenly as a coiled copperhead—Rachel wonders what life has in store. Most of all, she worries whether she and her sister have inherited the darkness that lurks inside their mother. Her one respite is the town’s apple orchard, the ally she finds there—and the revelation that she can take her destiny into her own hands, decide what to leave behind—and what is truly worth carrying into the future…


 

The Art of Breathing

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      A poignant and richly detailed novel set in 1950s North Carolina, where one young woman struggles to save her own life— and finds the strength to truly live it. When Kathryn Cavanaugh steps over the threshold of the Pelham Sanatorium in 1954, she has no idea when, or if, she will ever leave it again. Despite the rise of promising new treatments, Tuberculosis is still feared and often fatal. But twenty-four-year-old Kate has proven her resilience before, leaving her Blue Ridge Mountain home for a very different life in the city with her ambitious attorney husband, Geoffrey. For the sake of her family, especially her young son, she’s determined to get healthy again. The sanatorium is a strange battlefield, with every patient fighting for survival amidst a numbing routine of tests, treatment, and enforced rest. Kate quickly finds camaraderie among the women on her ward—and a growing kinship with fellow patient Philip McAllister. As weeks pass, the hospital’s confines come to offer more independence than Geoffrey’s preoccupation with status ever allowed. And with this surprising new discovery comes the courage to contemplate the choices she has made—and, perhaps, the chance to breathe freely at last…

A Corner in Glory Land – Available 12/19/2017

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