Updated December 4, 2014
People sometimes ask, "What are you writing now?" This page gives you a peek at what I’m working on while it’s in progress and also a glimpse into things I've been doing.
This year I've worked on two things, alternating between them. One is a novel set in Miami, one I've wanted to write for a long time. It tells the story of a woman's life that spans most of Miami's brief history. In 1924 when Beckley Abbott leaves the north Georgia mountins at fifteen to visit cousins in Miami, she never imagines that the rest of her life will be spent there. She never expects to fall in love with her distant cousin Tate, either, and she certainly does not expect that a simple mountain girl will become a leader in Miami life. But Miami is a city that has always been shaped by strong women, and Beckley takes her place among them as the city shapes and reshapes itself to deal with waves of newcomers in every decade.
However, a funny thing happened on the way to Beck's story: I found myself engrossed in the story of her father-in-law who went to Miami back when it was still a wilderness, and became one of the pioneers who helped make it a city. I'm still trying to decide if this is one book or two . . .
Meanwhile, I've also been working on a play called MAMA'S GIRLS about three sisters who come to their mother's birthday party in Mobile, Alabama, only to learn that Mama can no longer live alone. As they try to solve that situation, they also must unravel family secrets that have lain buried for decades. What will I do with it? That remains to be seen. I'll keep you posted.
Now, back to work!
Meanwhile, if you like my books, do me a favor, please:
Tell your librarian about them. A happy reader’s recommendation means a lot. Tell them, also, that most of my books are available in Large Print editions and e-book editions, and my two latest novels are available in audio books. Thanks!