January, 2012

Goodies from the Vault: Wine Queen

I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a thief. Before you start clutching your pearls, hear me out! I only steal artifacts and heirlooms from family members. Usually I wait until they’ve gone to the bathroom and then I make a grab for something and run it out to my car trunk. Read more of this post »

I’m Feeling Connected Again

Y’all. Whew! Okay, I haven’t been explicit about this, but early last month my family packed up and left our home in North Carolina to move 1,600 miles away. We went from being within a couple of hours of the beach to being in the middle of the country almost a mile above sea level Read more of this post »

How to Find a Date in Chowan County

Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re moving to Chowan County. Imagine that you’re single and ready to mingle. Got that? Okay, now here’s the problem: the population isn’t huge. Lots of kids move away for college and never return. (That’s what I did.) The ones that do go home (or stay home) probably marry Read more of this post »

I have enough voices in my head already.

Unlike many writers, I can’t write and listen to music at the same time. I’m way too evolved for that. I jest, but seriously – I can’t shut off that part of my brain. I’m an active listener, so I can’t help listening to lyrics or anticipating movements or whatever. I’ve tried it – I Read more of this post »

East Coast Girls are Hip

…at least the Beach Boys said so. I have to admit, though, that Chowan County isn’t exactly on the forefront of fashion trends. It doesn’t have any upscale boutiques or malls and the only large clothing store in town is Peebles on Broad Street (prior to Peebles it was a Belk which was actually “Belk-Tyler” Read more of this post »


I currently live in a landlocked state, but my dream of someday owning a luxury yacht (and employing a captain to steer the damned thing) hasn’t been at all dampened. I want this boat: Or maybe this one: I just want to lay out on the deck sunning my cold-natured self and when I get Read more of this post »

I suggest you accompany this post with a dry white wine.

Alcohol consumption occurs frequently in my fiction, and it’s usually not a main plot component. It’s just something that happens in the background just like it does in my own life. My characters, when they do want to drink, usually end up at a fictional place called Christine’s, the country club if they’re lucky enough Read more of this post »

Not romantic, but still relevant.

One of the first pieces I wrote in the Chowan “universe” was a novel with four protagonists, one of which was a woman named Kristy (I mentioned her here). I’ve since picked that novel apart and have worked it into four separate novellas. Anyway, after I finished the novel, Kristy was still on my mind Read more of this post »

I will be poor and unlucky this year. Supposedly.

Happy New Year! I’m a wee bit superstitious. That goes with the territory, I suppose. I was raised by my grandmother who was one of those women who talked to spirits and had dreams about fish whenever people close to her were pregnant (I had my fair share of fish accusations – she was usually Read more of this post »