My writing career started in the most unlikely place—a town of 200 people in the mountains of North Carolina. Although it was years ago, I recall that day with the fiercest clarity. I'd found the Campbell Folk School, an amazing center for art, craft, and music (and featured in my novels as The Hickson School of American Studies). The director eventually asked if I’d like to learn public relations. To be honest, I should have answered, “What’s that?” Instead, I said, “Sure,” and took to it like ink to newsprint. I haven’t stopped writing since.
WRITER & AUTHOR
These days, I spend my time writing my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series. I started them as a way to share amazing stories from my back-to-the-land experience in the mountains of North Carolina. I've kept writing them (I’m about to launch book four) because of my readers. They told me they loved the characters, especially Abit Bradshaw, someone who started out in a supporting role but soon became a leading man. I've always loved a good mystery, especially in the British style where the dastardly deed is done "off stage." I don't enjoy mounting body bags and over-the-top violence, and you won't find them in my mysteries.
Be sure to get your free copy of my prequel to the series: Waiting for You.
Before my novel-writing days, I enjoyed crafting 1,200 articles for arts and
culture magazines such as Southern Living, Country Living, AmericanStyle,
Southwest Art, Yoga Journal, American Cinematographer, Chile Pepper, and Restaurants USA. Newspaper articles about art, food, and business ran in the
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, washingtonpost.com, among others.
I've also written 14 nonfiction books, including several on the
art and craft of writing. Check them out here and while there,
pick up your free 3 Writing Books!
About 15 years ago, I became a book coach, helping others to start/finish/publish books (both nonfiction and fiction) they've longed to write. I’ve worked with authors, entrepreneurs, and artists, as well as executives and staff from organizations such as Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, Citibank, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the University of Washington.
I love hearing from my readers. I hope you'll let me know your thoughts and questions. I'll get back to you ASAP.
All the best,