My new book, BAITING THE HOOK, coauthored with David Wilton, is out.
Although I have lost my husband and one of my sons, God blessed us with a strong, happy marriage and a family to be proud of. My husband and I liked the same things, travel being one of them. We were unusually compatible. My memories of the good times sustain me.
After Hurricane Katrina, I took Beanie Babies from my collection to Bayou La Batre, a fishing community near Mobile, to give to children whose families lost everything during the storm.
My husband and I had a goal of traveling to all fifty of the United States. So I started collecting plates from each one. Sometimes, I'd buy a plate from more than one city in a state, but my walls became crowded after we extended our travels to other countries. I then started buying plates from those destinations. We were lucky enough to visit many different countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Those experiences help in my writing because I always find something interesting to tell about. On a recent trip to Ireland with Loretta Theriot, with whom I'm writing a sequel to THE CALLINGS, a couple of amusing incidents provided me with enough material for two chapters.
Currently teaching English at Faulkner State Community College and Faulkner University
Previously taught at Spring Hill College in Mobile
Honors & Awards
2011 – “Dimes and Quarters,” Third Place, Essay, Baldwin Writers Group Contest
2005 – Joe and Jo, Third Place, Screenplay, The Eugene Walter Writer’s Fest with the Department of English of the University of South Alabama
Member of the Baldwin Writers Group and the Six Censorians critique group.
2005 – Selected for Who’s Who in America
2002 – Selected for Marquis’ Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
Master of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama. MA thesis: Keep on Keeping on: The Story of George Wallace.
Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in English from the University of South Alabama.