I’m the little girl who sat in the back seat, penning stories after her parents took her to historic sites across the Southeast. That was how I got my start writing—imagining what type of people lived in those old homes and towns and what their lives were like. Fortunate for my history-loving parents, their only child asked questions about styles of columns and swooned with delight at the smell of boxwood and wood smoke. I even asked them to take me to re-enactments when I was a teenager … to inspire my writing. It did so, and as an offshoot, I became so adept at mid-1800s dancing that I led a vintage dance group for a number of years.
Me & the hubby in the early days
Creative writing degrees were few and far between when I graduated from Asbury University, so I chose a major in journalism with a minor in history. I departed with the steadfast determination not to take my professors’ admonition that I had to write for a newspaper before I could write a book. Instead, I worked briefly in public relations before my husband and I started a family (two daughters), and I did free-lance editing and graphic design from home. I was almost published by Bethany House coming right out of college, even receiving a personal call from an editor who told me to keep writing even though they’d just signed a man with a very similar Civil War series. Probably Gilbert Morris, I thought with a harrumph.:)
The desire to write in those years was so strong that I believe God took it away for a time for me to concentrate on my little ones. I wrote magazine articles for the chamber of commerce and did substitute teaching. When my younger daughter began napping, and then preschool, I ventured to write a novella, Redeeming Grace, my first to be published. The publisher set the price so high I lost money if I placed it in a store, but a local historian/artist read it and offered help with my research for the next story. Inspired by John Kollock’s ancestors’ letters and diaries and cover-illustrated by Mr. Kollock himself, The Georgia Gold Series was born. It followed four families from the mountains and coast from the Cherokee Removal and gold rush through Reconstruction. The original publisher dissolved just as book one released. The events surrounding that brought me to a point of surrendering my writing to God. About a year later, I found another publisher.
A Holiday Heart, part of The Georgia Peaches Series. https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Heart-Georgia-Peaches-Book-ebook/dp/B08DP889W4/
On the verge of starting her own company—and a fling with the hot star of a TV saga—Atlanta film makeup artist Ashlyn Jennings is willed a mysterious box containing a key from her grandmother’s estate. Mamie Lou, the former Hollywood B-lister who inspired Ashlyn’s path in life, always demonstrated a flair for the dramatic. But did Mamie Lou really expect her to put everything on hold to clean out a mountain cabin no one even knew about? And right at Christmas?
When Ashlyn arrives at White Falls Lodge armed with cosmetic bags and designer shoes, little is she prepared to be stranded by a snow storm, irritated by the handsome resort owner who seems determined to peel away her facade, and redirected by a God Ashlyn wants to forget, through Mamie Lou’s real gift … the secret story of her grandmother’s past.
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