Hotel manuscript, many stories

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So when’s your novel coming out? I’ve heard that question more times than I care to count. My answer: one step at a time. To write a novel is to run the marathon, devote countless hours slogging away through draft after draft, learning to live with characters you may or may not like, living in a place that may feel …

In search of nature’s trinkets

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I spent two years studying fiction and have spent the past year focused on essays. I’m “following my muse,” as they say, and for now, personal essays are center stage. Connecting dots, exploring themes, thinking hard about past events and how they relate to other events, people and places are bubbling to the surface. A few weeks ago, I visited …

Hats off to Goliath

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It’s not every day that a major New York press launches a book in Catawba County, so tomorrow may be a first. Novelist Susan Woodring of Drexel, NC, will unveil Goliath, from St. Martin’s Press at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Conover Branch Library. Conover is part of the Catawba County Library system, where I work. I’m excited to introduce …

Among the “Road Scholars”

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It’s official. As of this week, the North Carolina Humanities Council has me listed on their speaker’s bureau website as one of their Road Scholars. I’m honored to be among the more than 70 North Carolinians who are able and willing to speak to nonprofit public groups about various aspects of the humanities–from literature to history, arts, drama, music and …

A full-circle tour

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Thanks to everyone to turned out at my readings and supported my first book tour to Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It was exciting to read as part of a short story panel at the Virginia Festival for the Book. This event, in its 18th year, is the largest in the region, drawing thousands of readers and select writers to share …

David McCullough, a national treasure

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When I say that author David McCullough is a national treasure, I’m not being trite. I’ve admired his work for years. While in graduate school, I was asked to bring in a quote from an author I admire. I immediately thought of McCullough’s opening lines to The Johnstown Flood: Again that morning there had been a bright front in the …

A salute to Reynolds Price

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The NC Arts website invites visitors to write tributes to the late great Reynolds Price. Here’s my contribution to the cause: Completing an assignment for my MFA, I wrote a paper about creating the child’s world in fiction. One of the elements I identified was small treasures, those amulets that add special magic to a child-narrated story. I’d seen such …

A review in the Review

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Ten years ago, my story “Dining with Robert Redford,” caught the eye of Dr. Margaret Bauer, editor of North Carolina Literary Review at East Carolina University. Her acceptance was one of my first paid fiction publications. I was thrilled to receive my copy of the journal containing the story…just as thrilled as I am this week to see the journal’s …

Time Traveling at the Keyboard

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Recently a family member commented, “Wouldn’t it be nice to time travel?” I laughed. As a writer, I do it quite often. When you ruminate on an episode, a place or conversation from the past, it’s amazing what can bubble up. Reliving the past is a form of time travel. Writing about real-life chapters tends to muddy the water of …