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Upcoming Events

“Pop Goes the Writer: Using Pop Culture in Your Fiction, Nonfiction…”
Stonecoast MFA Residency, University of Southern Maine
(appearing with Elizabeth Searle & Nancy Holder) Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Harraseeket Inn
Freeport, ME

“She Loves You: The World of Teen Idols”
Monday, July 23, 2018
6 pm, St. Stephens Branch Library
3225 Springs Road NE
Hickory, NC


“She Loves You: The World of Teen Idols”
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6 pm, Main Library
115 W. C Street
Newton, NC

“She Loves You: The World of Teen Idols”
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
6:30 pm, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 Third Street NE
Hickory, NC

Idol Talk Book Reading and Celebration”
Main Street Books (appearing with Judy Goldman, Amy Rogers, Lisa Kline)
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
126 S. Main,  Davidson, NC

Idol Talk Book Reading
Gaston County Library (appearing with Judy Goldman & Lisa Kline)
4 pm Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC

Idol Talk Book Reading
7 pm Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 (appearing with Judy Goldman, Lisa Kline, Amy Rogers)
Morrison Branch Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
Charlotte, NC

“What Makes a Southern Story Southern?”
5:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Watauga Public Library
140 Queen Street
Boone, NC

Idol Talk Book Reading
3 pm Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 (appearing with Jill McCorkle, Marianne Gingher, Susan Woodring, Marjorie Hudson)
Sunrise Books
7 Hillcrest Place
High Point, NC

“She Loves You: The World of Teen Idols”
Adult Fellowship Dinner
6 pm Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
First Presbyterian Church
Newton, NC

“Sarah McGuirk, Orphan Train Rider”
6:30 pm, April 15, 2019
Richmond County Historical Society
Rockingham City Hall
Rockingham, NC

In the News

Hear my July 6 interview on WHKY’s First Talk program here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zNuqxFL-06MzadJdlx5H_m0F7z7mrrrt/view

Elizabeth Searle and I are thrilled to announce the publication of IDOL TALK: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives from McFarland & Co., May 2018. We collected essays from 44 outstanding female writers sharing their memories of how their celebrity crush affected their life.  Mr. Teen Idol himself, Peter Noone,  Herman of Herman’s Hermits, wrote the foreword. Discounted copies will be available at public readings and other book events.

My story, “Midlife,” appears in the first issue of Torch Magazine of Richmond Community College, Rockingham, NC.

Reminder from the NC Writers Network: I’m one of them.  http://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/our-members/network-news/4883-ncwns-critiquing-and-editing-service-a-reintroduction

My story, “Southern Gal,” appeared in the premiere issue of Teach. Write in 2017.

My essay, “It Could Happen to You,” appeared in the 2017 issue of City Works Literary Journal, a publication of San Diego City College.

WFAEats food essays. Read them here: http://wfae.org/topic/wfaeats

Column Fare

I write a biweekly column for the Observer-News-Enterprise in Newton, NC, Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC and the Lincoln Herald, Lincolnton, NC. My latest offering is posted on the “Blogs” section of this website.