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Blluebird Flying Backward

I’m hard at work on my latest literary fiction novel, Bluebird Flying Backward. It’s the story of two sisters whose bond is so strong it endures through an unspeakable tragedy. The novel is set in the Jazz Age and beyond, an era of great clothes, great music and great strides in aviation.

As my novels often do, this one grew from my own research into the history of aviation. That naturally led me to We, Charles Lindbergh’s own account of his historic solo flight across the Atlantic. A dozen biographies later, I had found a stunning connection between the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and the disappearances of co-eds at Smith College.

My muse kicked in and I was off and running. Oh, I do so love this book! It has all the elements I adore bringing to the page – family dynamics, colorful history, drama, tragedy and triumph.

Fact and fiction are interwoven in Bluebird Flying Backward. My characters interact with some of the giants of history – Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, J. Edgar Hoover, and a whole host of celebrities you’ll recognize.

But the heart of the story is very personal – the love between sisters. My hope is that you will come to love them as I do, that at the end of the novel you will feel as you’ve sat on their front porch in Atlanta listening to them talk about their hopes and dreams.


Let’s catch up. My latest women’s fiction novel, Stars to Lead Me Home: Love and Marriage, is getting FABULOUS reviews and has made 3 lists!  As a big THANK YOU to fans, I’m keeping the digital format of this book at only $2.99 through July.  Get it at that price while you can.  That’s aContinue Reading


As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded of the tremendous impact my mother had on me. Not only did she shape my character, foster my strong sense of independence, and ensure that I got an education, but she had a huge impact on my career. I never saw a woman love books the way MamaContinue Reading

How Friends Have Influenced My Writing

(Author’s Note: You will also find this post at Southern Magic, but it’s a post I want to repeat.) In my thirty years career I’ve written nearly seventy-five novels in multiple genres, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, mystery, women’s fiction and literary fiction. In thinking back on all those stories, I’m not surprised to seeContinue Reading

Writing Mini Class: Self Publishing

Sometimes it comes as a great surprise to me that I’ve been a published writer for thirty years. In that time, I’ve seen massive changes, from the mergers of major publishing companies to the e-book phenomenon.  Each time a tsunami of change sweeps over the publishing world, I’ve adjusted the sails on my little boatContinue Reading


The movie AMERICAN SNIPER has generated a lot of discussion about heroes. Who are they? What makes a true hero? How do they influence/inspire others? If you asked ten people to name their heroes, chances are they will choose from a long list of well-known people who have made significant contributions to society. Or theyContinue Reading

Win a $50-Dollar Bookstore Gift Card!

I’m starting 2015 with a contest extravaganza at Fresh Fiction. As a big THANK YOU to fans for 30 years of loyalty, I’m giving away a $50 bookstore gift card this month. All you have to do is head over to Fresh Fiction to enter. No purchase, no gimmicks, just good plain fun. (The linkContinue Reading

Holiday Wish

I hope all of you are having a Christmas season filled with family and friends and holiday magic! Great food, too! If I could distill the essence of the season into a simple phrase, it would be this: give and receive kindness. My wish is that your new year will be filled with endless actsContinue Reading

The Fearless Writer

When I’m not writing, I’m often reading. Currently I’m enjoying A Wide and Starry Sky, a fictionalized account of Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) and his American wife. Somewhere in this book I discovered that RL Stevenson was called fearless because of his penchant for writing not only novels, but poetry, fiction and nonfiction articlesContinue Reading

End of Year News

It has been another wonderful year, thanks to the love of friends and family and the loyalty of terrific fans! For the entire month of December, my fans in the UK can get a copy of The Sweetest Hallelujah at a deep discount in a Kindle Daily Deal. Don’t miss this one. Of all theContinue Reading