The Home Stretch

Everything has finished up so fast! My director has had me revise the first 225 pages already, which feel really tight and cohesive, especially the beginning. Unfortunately, the last 100 pages feel like a train wreck. Tying up endings has proven harder than I imagined. Don’t get me wrong—I know where and how the book … More The Home Stretch

The “Real” Womacks

The Left & the Leaving centers around the Womack family, a fictional family in equally fictional Pine Creek, a town in (you guessed it!) fictional Cahawba County, Alabama. The Womacks are real, though, and this fictional line of Womacks descends from the real-life Womacks that settled in Butler County, Alabama, in the early 1800s. My … More The “Real” Womacks

More Talking Southern

I’m thinking a lot about home today. Facebook Memories reminded me of a video I posted on May 20, 2012. It filled my heart with so much nostalgia—in the true sense, the way Alan Cheuse described it over and over in Forms of Fiction. Nóstos (homecoming) + álgos (pain/ache.) Today, I am aching for home.