I'm a retired teacher who lives in rural Franklin County, Virginia, where my roots run 250 years deep. I'm close to—but not on—Smith Mountain Lake. From where I live, I can see the Blue Ridge Mountains. The history and culture of these mountains—part of the Appalachian Mountain Range—are a major influence on my writing, so most of my books and short stories have rural settings.
One of my Appalachian short stories, "A Man of his Word" is on page 48 of the premier issue of Virginia Literary Journal. I also have short stories in Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vol. III, edited by Bobbie Ann Mason; and Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vol. II, edited by Silas House.
My other books of regional interest are available on Amazon (My Amazon author page is here). Ferradiddledumday, an Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The illustrated paperback, published by Cedar Creek in 2010, is available from Amazon. A Kindle ebook version (without illustrations) is also available.
My 2001 novel, Patches on the Same Quilt, set in the Penhook-Union Hall area, was revised in 2014, has a new cover, and is now available as a Kindle download or as a paperback. The print version is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Four collections of my short stories are available as Kindle ebooks. Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories ($1.99) contains nine humorous short stories, most of which were previously published. Read a sample or order a copy here. My next project is to expand Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories by adding more Appalachian stories and to publish a print version. I hope to have that ready by late 2016.
The Best 'Un Yet (99¢) is a collection of five Christmas stories;
One of the Over Coffee stories, "The Roadhunter," is in the Fall 2013 issue of Discover Smith Mountain Lake magazine.
Read more about me on my bio page.
I've had work in several anthologies. Among them are Cup of Comfort for Writers; Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vol. III, edited by Bobbie Ann Mason; and Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vol. II, edited by Silas House. I have two poems and a short story in Voices from Smith Mountain Lake and a poem in Reflections from Smith Mountain Lake.
On September 2, 2010, Janice Lee interviewed me for her "Featuring the Arts" show on WSKV in Stanton, KY.