In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 14 Cal & Ada Claire facts. Cal and Ada Claire are high-school sweethearts, strong parental figures for Ritchie and Selma, and inspired by my grandparents. I always think, even though my grandparents divorced, that they had a deep and complex love. They, like Cal and Ada Claire, were … More 14 Facts for Valentine’s Day
When I was a teenager, I doodled fake family trees in Microsoft Paint for ANY story I wrote. Case in point: (Do you like my gender color-coding? Also, there are a lot of family names in this tree, including Ware, Calhoun, Kendrick, Caroline, Martha, Mary, Vivien, Sarah, and Edward.) But, I would have never thought … More The Womack Family Tree (and facts 9-16!)
My Google search history makes me look pretty crazy sometimes. But sometimes, I discover some pretty fascinating stories. … More Stumbling through history.
105 days until my thesis is due! In honor of that, I’m starting a running list of “105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.” These are facts or Easter eggs I’ve sprinkled into my book: real names, dates, or events, or just subtle nods & inside jokes. This is a running list, and I’ll … More 105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.
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
When I was researching manic depression for the character of Althea, one of the resources I looked to was Stephen Fry’s documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. In the midst of the holidays, the closing of the dumpster fire that was 2016, and the start of the new year, I’ve been thinking a … More Everything Ever After.
Or when it smacks you in the face.