Big, BIG thanks to everyone who made last night’s book launch for BAGGAGE CHECK a success: fans, friends, family, my “work family” from Rubicon Global, and the incredible staff at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, Georgia. I hope to do more events at this charming store in the future! If you missed this launch event,  […]

And from the shelter of my mind Through the window of my eyes I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets To England where my heart lies. From “Kathy’s Song” by Paul Simon Okay, my heart is actually in Roswell, Georgia, or wherever Hubs and my boys happen to be. But I love that song so much, and  […]

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m actually off the grid at the moment, doing a writing retreat and some research in England for a few days, sans wi-fi (WHAT????). So basically while you’re reading this, I am somewhere in England in the fetal position, twitching from BuzzFeed withdrawals. And missing Hubs and my kids, of course. In  […]

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” ~ William Faulkner. Every writer has heard this is advice. Most, at one time or another, have secretly hoped it didn’t apply to them. Some have agonized over it. And the best writers have learned to apply it: painfully, judiciously. It’s more than a platitude, more than a  […]

Over on The Draft House page today, I wrote about the struggle to write my first novel, the amazing support I got from my family, and how my biggest obstacle to success turned out to be… me. When I started my first novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, in 2010 (or, I should say, when I started the  […]

(Little League Baseball: A Love Story, Part 2) Last Saturday was the end of Skywalker’s first full season of little league baseball. His cute little team struggled all season long, with lots of losses and a few scattered wins. At the beginning of the season, many of them weren’t sure how to hold the bat,  […]

I imagine it’s always emotional going back to a place where you spent a healthy portion of your childhood. Especially when you have been away for a long time, and more especially when you have a long, hard history there. That’s how I feel about our family’s (former) farm in rural South Georgia between Pelham and  […]

This is a tough one. As you may have noticed, I don’t do much in the way of politics or even social activism on my blog. This isn’t because I’m not passionate about such issues or because I don’t hold opinions (oh, the opinions…). But when it comes to public discourse, I’d generally* prefer to let my characters  […]

You know those days? The ones where you are late for everything and your better half is massively helping but he’s late for everything too, and your energy is pulled in a thousand different directions and you’re questioning your sanity for trying to have two jobs and raise two kids and, incidentally, wondering who the  […]

It’s my blog and I can post vacation pictures if I want to… (You’ll look at them, and you’ll like it, dammit.) So Hubs and I lost our freaking MINDS this year and decided that rather than a beach vacation, a Disney cruise, or some other simple getaway for spring break, we were going to  […]