March 3, 2019

Publication Day!! A rare event in any writer’s life, as all of us--no matter how prolific-- have only a finite number of books in us. The Home Guard began with an idea shortly after I arrived in Beaufort in 2005. That idea percolated over the next several years as I le...

February 16, 2019

On Three Pines, the cotton plantation adjoining the hunting lodge which becomes Carter’s and Missma’s retreat, a family of slaves must decide what to do in the wake of their new freedom. Grace and Polk and their twin daughters, Sparrow and Lark, have lived and worked o...

February 9, 2019

Carter Barnwell, the protagonist in The Home Guard, is twelve years old when his world is turned on its head on November 7, 1861. As the Prologue states, “he knew best the streams and marshes of the Lowcountry. Winds and tides were as much a part of him as his fingerpr...

February 3, 2019

I’m so pleased with the blurbs that will accompany the publication of The Home Guard on March 4, 2019. Here is one from the incomparable Margaret Evans, the editor of Lowcountry Weekly: “With a large cast of unforgettable characters – both historical and fictional – an...

As discussed in the previous blog, The Home Guard opens when Carter Barnwell and his grandmother “Missma” escape to the family hunting lodge on November 7, 1861, the day of the “big gun shoot.” Missma, confident the Confederate forts on Hilton Head and Bay Point will b...

January 17, 2019

A central character in The Home Guard is Martha “Missma” Gibbes Barnwell, Carter Barnwell’s eighty year old grandmother. It is, after all, she who refuses to leave Beaufort during the Great Skedaddle and insists that Carter stay with her in the family hunting lodge, an...

January 8, 2019

William Faulkner famously said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” 

We in the South may have a greater appreciation for that than most, and it is no accident that the quote comes from someone as steeped in Southern history as was Faulkner. For proof of this a...

January 3, 2019

In my prior blog, I wrote about inspiration. Today, the subject is plot.

The Home Guard, a Novel of the Civil War, is a coming-of-age story that begins on the day the war arrives in Beaufort: November 7, 1861. On that day, an armada of Union warships overwhelmed the two...

December 28, 2018

First, a writer must be inspired.

Publication of The Home Guard, a Novel of the Civil War, marks the end of a nine year effort to research and write a story that I hope will please readers. The idea for the book was born more than a decade ago as I learned more about my...

February 24, 2018

Unless you attended The Citadel, VMI, or one of the service academies, your college experience was radically different. To learn what mine was like, you might enjoy Stand Forever, Yielding Never; The Citadel in the 21st Century. 

As it was for many, Vietnam was the defi...

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