Welcome to my website
I’m glad you’re here.
I know I've been lax about updating this site. It's been a few years since I graduated from North Carolina State University with a master's degree in English. Where has the time gone? I won't bore you with excuses. I'm back at work.
The YA novel I started some years ago is out looking for a home, and I've finished a couple of manuscripts for very young readers. I have several projects in very early stages, including a middle grade historical novel and another YA mystery. At the moment, I'm giving priority to a nonfiction illustrated book involving North Carolina history. I know switching age levels and genres isn't the best career strategy. But I like to try new things. How else will I grow as a writer?
Recently, I had the privilege of teaching Writing for Children through Duke University's OLLI program. It was my first time teaching adults, an entirely different challenge from teaching schoolkids. Like their young counterparts, though, the grown-up students were a joy to work with.
I will eventually beef up the content of this site, but it might have to wait until I finish building a couple of stone paths, weeding, mulching, and rearranging plants in my yard. Caring for the garden has become a passion of mine. There is something soothing about having my hands in the dirt, something heart-lifting about watching my plants bloom and grow anew every year.
So please check in here now and then, look around, see what's new.
Read excerpts from my three most recent books. You can reach them with the links at left. If I get requests, I'll put up the first chapters of the older books as well.
Get to know me through my bio. Hint: Books and literacy are big parts of who I am and what I do.
Comb through my archive of bite-size Writing Tips. You'll find practical advice on punctuation, word use, story structure, character development, time management, and more. The Tips are now organized by category rather than chronologically, so you can easily find what you're looking for.
Contact me. Offer suggestions on how I can make this site more useful to you. Ask me questions about writing, publishing, or anything else. Let me know if you're looking for a conference presentation.
The section on my programs for students and adults has yet to be updated. I love to visit schools, libraries, and community groups. I had the opportunity during grad school to present at several academic conferences, a whole other world. All of which is to say, I am back in circulation, experienced at speaking to a range of audiences, and available for engagements. Same goes for my editing services. If you're looking for a freelance editor, contact me any time and I will be happy to answer your questions so you can decide if I'm the right editor for your project.
Also under construction is my Links page, where I'll present links to a carefully selected group of fun and informative cyberplaces. Stay tuned.
This is probably so obvious I don’t even need to say it, but … everything on this site is under copyright. Feel free to link to my site — new guests are always welcome. But before you copy or distribute any part of this material, ask me for permission.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Show yourself around. I want this to be a place where we can meet, communicate, and continue to share the joys of books and reading.