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posted on: Apr 29 2014

Author Interview: Leesa Cross-Smith

    I'm pleased to share my interview with author Leesa Cross-Smith, whose debut story collection, Every Kiss A War, was just published by Mojave River Press. Please tell us about the origin of your book’s title! It’s a wonderful name. Thank you so much! It comes from a...

posted on: Apr 24 2014

Dear Women – A Series on Women I’ve Known. Today: Mrs. Collins

    Ours was a middle-class family.  We weren’t poor.  We didn’t struggle.  That came later, after my parents divorced and my mother, lacking financial savvy, exchanged child support payments for having my father’s name removed from our home’s deed of trust.  In the 1960’s married women...

posted on: Apr 16 2014

What Is Found, What Is Lost, Debut Novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

Coming this October, from She Writes Press.  Available for pre-sale here: Have you ever questioned the teachings of childhood, or doubted the version of God you were raised on?  What Is Found, What Is Lost explores four generations of women, their struggles with faith, and their...

posted on: Apr 09 2014

Dear Women – The first in a series of posts on women I used to know

  How funny it is to suddenly remember someone you’ve not thought of for decades!  There I was, having dinner in front of the television (a nightly affair), when someone I worked with back in the Seventies crossed my mind.  Her name was Virginia Farrell.  We...

posted on: Mar 11 2014

Writing is Hard Work. So is Reviewing

    I hear a lot about bad writing these days.  Bad writing is what the surge in self-publishing has created.  Without gatekeepers, anyone can be a published author; anyone can throw his hat in the ring alongside Hemingway and Virginia Woolf.  Anyone can publish.  I won’t...

posted on: Mar 04 2014

Review of Nostalgia, a novel by Dennis McFarland

  Dennis McFarland’s novel, Nostalgia, is an elegant, tortuous journey into the darkest corners of the human soul.  The year is 1864.  America is torn by its bloody Civil War.  Young Summerfield Hayes, of Brooklyn, New York, alone in the world with his older sister, Sarah,...

posted on: Feb 23 2014

Talking Yourself Through It

My good friend and writing colleague, Nina Lorraine, has been having a hard time lately.  She’s down in the dumps, uninspired, looking for a way forward.  My heart went out to her, and I tried to give her some words of advice, consolation, at the...

posted on: Jan 22 2014

“Sam and Suki”

    Sam was a large girl, big-boned, her mother would say.  Others called her heavy-set.  And some just called her fat.  Insults were Sam’s lot.  Her name made it so easy.  Sam crams spam and jam.  She could go by Samantha, but that felt worse that the...

posted on: Dec 31 2013

The Year in Review – A Look Back at 2013

          2013 was very good to me.  I brought out a new book, learned a lot about how to use social media, and finished my novel, What is Found, What is Lost, which will be published by She Writes Press late in 2014.  I had some...

posted on: Dec 30 2013

“Smoke”

SMOKE   Ten years ago you got four, maybe five fires a season, but that month alone there’d been ten.  Global warming was to blame.  Some insect had moved north and killed off the Douglas fir. When lightning struck, those dead trees burned right away.  A healthy, living...