Two Weeks Until FAMILY LAW! Plus A Puppy!

This is always the point of pre-publication where I’m feeling a little exhausted and a little sick of myself. (Plus I got my second vaccine shot on Monday, and that didn’t exactly help with the tiredness. But I’m back to 100 % now.) But this moment is always a highlight–I GOT MY HARDCOPIES OF THE…

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Dream Team for Audiobook of Family Law

For a long time, I’ve thought that if I could have anyone read the audio of FAMILY LAW, it would be Joshilyn Jackson. She’s a delightful human being, a great writer, and a voice actor who makes you drive past your exit on the Interstate because you’re so caught up in her storytelling. So–you might…

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Easter, Riding in Trucks, and other Dangerous Things

Childhood memory #18: Every Easter we went out to a family friend’s house in the country, and everything about those afternoons was dream-like—the spread of the potluck dishes across the picnic tables, the horseback rides through the sprawling yard, the egg hunt with dozens of screaming children—but my favorite part was always the snake hunt.  There’d…

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Two Things That Brought Me A Lot of Joy

A little over a month until the release of FAMILY LAW on May 4th! We’re getting so close…and in celebration, here are a few more 1980’s memories. 16)I used to climb the magnolia trees in my friend Elizabeth’s yard. We’d climb as far as we could up through the branches, and we spun stories as we…

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Bear Bryant and Tadpoles

Still working my way down a very long list of childhood memories in keeping with the place and the time period–Alabama in the 1980s–of my next novel, Family Law. 14) I was almost eight years old when Bear Bryant died, and I remember standing in the middle of my grandparents’ braided rug, my grandfather leaning forward…

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More ’80s memories–Dad edition

#9–My father would take us crappie fishing at night, which was as much about the snacks to me as the fishing. We’d ride out to the middle of the lake, wind whipping hair and jackets, and there was always something ecstatic about that rush of wind. When we’d stop and drop our lines, we could…

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My Favorite Fountain in Birmingham

You know, I never even thought about the possibility of HAVING a favorite fountain until I went to New China Buffet. (Off Crestwood Blvd., in the same shopping center as The Edge Theater.) New China Buffet is, as my husband says, the closest thing Birmingham has to Vegas. Just walk in and you’ll see what…

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A Summer Reading Rec

Towards the end of May, we went to New York for a mere 48 hours (that was the plan at least). It was a baby-less trip, so didn’t want to push our luck with grandparents, though they swear they would keep him endlessly. We wanted to make the most of our travel time, so—silver lining…

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Countdown to The Hidden Summer

I am now slightly under a month from the release date for my first middle-grade book, The Hidden Summer. Come one, come all on June 13th to get your copies!! (I once went to a Dolly Parton concert where she said she was hawking her wares, and I think of that phrase–in her voice–every time…

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Language for One

My boy is 20 months old now, and we’re becoming expert linguists. Or maybe he’s the expert. At any rate, we seem to be learning his language instead of the other way around. For months, now, The Boy has been interspersing his few clearly pronounced words–Dada, Mama, bye-bye, etc.–with a whole lot of sounds that…

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