My ancestors and I were raised in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. At family reunions I would listen to stories the older generations would tell about time before automobiles and telephones. I wanted to write a story about their times--a time before I was born. Thus, I wrote the Caney Creek Series. Claiming Peace is the third book in the series, which follows the Callaway family and friends from 1928 to 1951.
What’s your favorite genre of writing?
In fiction I’m published in Southern historical. My first book in the Caney Creek Series started in the years prior to the Great Depression and continued into the Depression years. Some folks say it was a sad book. It was the reality of the setting. I’ll probably stay with this genre although I plan to intersperse more humor to lighten the mood. I have done that some in Beyond the Past, the second book in the series.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall would be my favorite season because it’s not yet turned cold and the hot days of summer are going away. I could live anyplace where the temperature would be 80 degrees all the time.
The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, specifically around Pensacola.
How do people react when they find out you write?
The funniest reaction I got was from a twenty-something. When she heard me talking about my books, she asked me, “You mean if I google you, you’ll be there?”
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Philippians 4:8. If all populations held those thoughts, what a change for good we’d see.
Jesus, positive, hopeful, enthusiastic, smiling
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I've just finished the Caney Creek Series and am promoting it now. I have ideas for another Southern series but nothing is finalized at this time.
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