Book Review

Book Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (sooooo good!) Take a 17-year-old high school senior who’s half Black and half Puerto Rican and a brilliant natural cook, add in an absent father, a protective grandmother, the normal demands of high school, and a job, then throw in a 3-year-old daughter and divided custody with an ex-boyfriend, and …

The Best Book of 2021

There are good books, great books, even exceptional books. Recently, I read a book that needs a new category. I haven’t yet determined what to call that—a star in the heavens, an eternal light, a bridge to forever. I’m waxing poetic because this book touched me in ways that most books don’t. This one made me think and question and …

The Truth about Titles

Titles have always been easy. For MY books, that is. When I start a story, the title comes to me about the same time as the idea, before I’ve written a single word. And because I have the title when I start out, a) I don’t have to worry about it, and b) it lends its own energy to the …

I Don’t Miss the Classics

Are you enjoying October? I love the feel of fall with cooler evenings and the leaves turning pumpkin, cranberry, cinnamon, and goldenrod. I’ve also been having a blast with my reading. So many wonderful books, including Pack Up the Moon (see my review below). Until I landed on my latest read that feels like classic literary fiction and reminded me …

Be Like the Ocean

Happy July! I know we’ve had summer weather here in Atlanta, and all across the country, but it doesn’t feel like summer to me until July. I’m missing the beach, the feel of the water on my toes, the slip slide of sand. I love going barefoot and wearing shorts and feeling casual and carefree. If I could be anywhere I’d …

Finishing Touches

Do you like nearing the end of a project? The thrill of wrapping it up, tying up all the loose ends? Publishing a book is a definite journey, and long for me. Usually 3 years. But all that effort makes the end so worthwhile.    I’m putting the finishing touches on The Heart of Everything, getting it ready for layout …