Cozy Mystery Book Review and Interview With Author Judy Alter

I recently had the pleasure of reading the cozy mystery, Murder at Peacock Mansion, and talking with author Judy Alter about this Blue Plate Cafe mystery. Murder at Peacock Mansion is a page turner.  Set in a small town in East Texas with the main character, Kate Chambers, acting as full-time cafe owner and part-time sleuth, this…

Book Review: Finding Grace

I am very proud to say that I was the story consultant and first editor on Finding Grace, this very fine book by Patricia Dunn-Fierstein. This coming-of-age novel set in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement tells the story of Charlie, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose new friendship with a…

An Interview – If Someone Asked About My Life (Con’t)

Yesterday I wrote about the earlier part of my life, my husband and family. Today the focus is on my writing life. Again, this topic is inspired by a college essay prompt that one of my students was writing on: interview yourself. Here’s the second part: Tell me about your writing. I began to write…

An Interview – If Someone Asked Me About My Life

This was inspired by a writing prompt given by one of the colleges one of my students is applying to. It is not a thorough interview, just one aspect. 1) You have clearly done quite a few jobs in your life. Was that by design or did that just happen? I started out as a…

Book Review and Author Interview

I am happy to introduce my readers to a wonderful author, Fran Simone, PhD, who has written a heart-felt and helpful memoir entitled, Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows. This book recounts the author’s experience of being married to an alcoholic and is a clear-sighted look at the disease of…