Weatherford Award for Fiction

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In late February, four short weeks ago now, a letter arrived in my inbox.   I was on the phone with a big city New York agent working out details for another literary event, for another author, when I clicked open the email from Jason Howard, editor of the Appalachian Heritage at Berea College in Kentucky.  [Read More...]

Journalism vs. Fiction

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So you may have heard by now that I have a novel coming out in September. It’s my sixth book and my first work of fiction. I’d be lying if I said I’m not nervous about it. You’d be scared, too, if  you were me. Writing fiction is a totally different process than the journalism-based [Read More...]

Sharing a Secret

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Okay, y’all. Because you are such devoted friends, I have a little secret to share with you: This is the cover of my debut novel coming in September from Mercer University Press. We have all worked arduously on every aspect of this book for you all. So do me a favor and tell your librarian. [Read More...]


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