I am currently working on several book-length projects.
How something is said matters more than what is said. Nationally known nonverbal communication scholar Mark Hickson and I will collaborate on a book that depicts real-life application of this intriguing subset of communication. Readers will learn how to better interpret people’s signals and cues, thus improving their relationships.
In my career as a writer and an editor, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a plethora of authors from the well-known to the up and coming. Among them: Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Allen Gurganus, Lee Smith, Cassandra King, Fannie Flagg, Ashley Warlick, Melinda Haynes, Naomi Judd, Mary Englebreit, Pat Cunningham Devoto, Robert Inman, Mark Delaney and Libby Leverette Crew. In addition, I’ve introduced and socialized with writers at literary conferences and reviewed dozens upon dozens of books as a literary columnist for the largest regional magazine in the country (Southern Living). In Authors on Their Art, I will visit with respected and prolific writers, capturing their views on the creative process in general and specifically to their own work. The authors’ struggles, triumphs, rituals, and inspiration will be included as well as photographs of their writing spaces, be it a converted bedroom or a story shack in the backyard.
Calling on my experience as a co-author, ghostwriter, magazine, newspaper, public relations, and web writer and editor, this book will consist of tips for those who want to know more about the practicalities of writing. Included topics: penning compelling stories; nailing details; creating attention-grabbing headlines and titles; what’s involved in collaborative projects; delving deep into research; etc. This is a practical how-to guide on the act and art of writing for beginning and veteran scribes.
This collection of compelling essays covers topics that use specificity to point to the transcendent. Universal subjects range from a brother’s death, a young girl’s middle school angst, a suburbanite at a homeless shelter, and an encounter with a celebrity author.
“Thank you for a lovely story. It’s still hard for me to take in the fact that two generations have now read Mockingbird, which is most gratifying. Your kind words have made an old woman very happy.”
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