I realize (as with many creative endeavors,) we can sometimes overshoot. I had hoped for internet access while visiting in Alabama the last three weeks. Needless to say, I didn’t have constant access (though I did have cell service!) and got behind on my 105 facts. Still, I had a BLAST in Alabama and accomplished … More All About Alabama (Facts 31-80.)
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 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
I’ve been working on a YA novel since 2011, inspired by my work with middle school youth Savannah’s Deep Center. I was sick of hearing about Team Edward/Jacob and other Twilight drivel, and wanted to write a story for the young girls in my class that promoted strong, independent young women.
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.