Apr. 22, 10 AM-2 PM: Brewed Awakening, Danville, VA
Apr. 25, 10 AM-2 PM: Westlake Library, Hardy, VA
May 11, 4 PM-6 PM: Moneta/SML Library, Hardy, VA
May 20, 10-3 PM: Salem Museum, Salem, VA
I have been a blogger for several years. My main blog is "Peevish Pen," but I also have a genealogy blog, "The Naces of Lithia," and a "Frugal Living" blog.
My collection of fifteen Appalachian short stories, most of which have been previously published, is Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories. Many of these stories were recycled from my now out-of-print anthology, The Girl Who Raced Mules and Other Stories, and a few appeared in some of my ebooks.
Print copies of Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories is available at Southern Roots and The General Store, both in the Westlake area.
A separate page listing all the stories in Miracle of the Concrete Jesus is here.
This novel is a series of related stories told by members of six generations of a Franklin County, Virginia, family. A boy's wish for a horse changes not only the direction of his own life but also the lives of his children, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
As the boy's grandmother, the quilt-maker Gillie Anne, says, "We might not be cut from the same cloth, but we're all patches on the same quilt." Each character's story adds a patch to the pattern of interconnected lives.
Read more about Patches on the Same Quilt here.
Two other books of regional interest are Ferradiddledumday and Stuck. While both are out-of-print, copies are still available on the web.
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, as is a Kindle ebook version (without illustrations). Reviews of Ferradiddledumday are here.
Part of my middle grade novel, Stuck, is set in Union Hall, Virginia, where I'm third generation owner of my family farm. Published by Cedar Creek Publishing in 2011, Stuck is available in paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. A Kindle ebook version is here. Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.
Besides Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories , I have three other short story collections available as Kindle e-books. The Best 'Un Yet (99¢) is a collection of five Christmas stories; Rest in Peace (99¢) is a collection of my three Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest winners, and Over Coffee (also 99¢) is a collection of five short stories about awkward relationships.
I've had work in several anthologies from past years. 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 , a poem in Reflections from Smith Mountain Lake, a story in Skyline 2017, and a poem and story in the Virginia Writers Club Centennial Anthology 1918-2018.
One of my Appalachian short stories, "A Man of his Word" is on page 48 of the premier issue of Virginia Literary Journal. One of the Over Coffee stories, "The Roadhunter," appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Discover Smith Mountain Lake magazine.