August 3, 2014

A Southern Girl (ASG) began as a short novel, by word count almost a novella. It began with the infant’s abandonment as the U.S. family, the Carters, debated the wisdom of adoption. It ended with the resolution of the conflicts on both sides of the world (hey, it’s a n...

July 20, 2014


In my last blog, I raised the question of how it is possible for fiction to reveal more truth than non-fiction--how things that never happened can be made to feel more real than, well, reality.


While acknowledging that I have no answer, my working hypothesis is roo...

July 12, 2014

Last week’s blog identified three forces in Mexico that inspired me to more and hopefully better production in my writing. But motivation is not the same thing as inspiration. Today, I want to address inspiration.


Writers are routinely asked where they get their ideas....

July 5, 2014


Six weeks on the road is a stretch, and when forty-three events in four states are factored in, there is only one logical question that can be asked: are you insane? Maybe.


I kicked off the Southern Girl book tour on May 8 near Columbia with Friends of the Irmo Librar...

July 1, 2014

Last week’s blog mentioned some challenges presented by Mexico that required adaptation. For me, the challenge above all others was to write a good book which, after all, was the reason for coming.


Three forces shaped my time and influenced the results. The first of th...

June 21, 2014

Last week’s blog listed the major factors that weighed in our decision to spend a year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As part of my research into the country, I came across this quote, attributed to an anonymous source. Since the credibility of any anonymous source...

June 19, 2014

We had such a great time and great response with our first sweepstakes, that we decided to run a second one.  If you are a Pinterest user, this one is perfect for you!  Good Luck!


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June 13, 2014

San Miguel de Allende was recently named the world’s number 1 city in a Conde Nast survey of its readers. That’s right, NUMBER ONE!! Paris? An also-ran. London? Chopped fish ‘n chips. New York? Forgettaboutit! No one here takes this coronation particularly seriously ex...

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