Southern Phrases

Southern Phrases

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m supposed to be taking a break from posting while I write...

Becoming a Skillful Sailor

Becoming a Skillful Sailor

“Smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors.” African Proverb. I read that on the side of my frozen yogurt cup the...

Weight of Waiting by Hope Welborn

Weight of Waiting by Hope Welborn

My friend Hope Welborn often says, “I’m not interested unless there’s a dead body.”  And that’s okay since she writes...

Practice in the Waiting

Practice in the Waiting

With the Winter Olympics wrapping up, I need to confess that I have failed to watch more than a couple...

An Aspiring Author’s Christmas Wish List

An Aspiring Author’s Christmas Wish List

What do you want for Christmas? The question on everyone’s minds this time of year. Someone recently asked me, and...

Research Makes a Good Story Great

Research Makes a Good Story Great

In the South, when we invite you to a barbecue, the only meat being served will be slow smoked pork,...

Why We Need Critique Groups

Why We Need Critique Groups

A published novel is always the work of a team. One of my favorite parts of books is the acknowledgment’s...

Christian Fiction?

Christian Fiction?

Christian Fiction? If you’re like I was, the first time I heard this term I thought: I don’t want to...