Archive for 2015

Confessions of a 4H Dairy Princess

I learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction young. This painful, shameful lesson occurred at the time of my greatest triumph: the night I was crowned 4-H Dairy Princess of Onslow County. The pomp and gold satin will come later,…Continue Reading →

Spinning Fact into Fiction

I have lived the story behind my novel, The Last Government Girl. My mother Helen Edward Smith, a twenty-year-old college graduate, with a year of teaching high school behind her, boarded the train for Washington in May of 1944. Earlier…Continue Reading →

The Best Addiction

I am happiest when I am reading compulsively. And after having read a lot not by choice, for classes taken, classes taught, even for book group, I like to go where my tastes take me. I am deep into WWII,…Continue Reading →

It’s the When

Our mystery/ suspense book group at One More Page Books travelled to the wild and woolly Shetland Islands, an archipelago of Scotland, via Ann Cleeves’ award-winning mystery Raven Black. Set in modern day, Raven Black introduces a host of characters…Continue Reading →

Season Prose with Poetry

Being a member of a book group means reading books I would not have chosen. I didn’t read Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain when it first came out in 1969. Back then I was into poetry. After a drunken poetic youth, I…Continue Reading →

January Mystery/Suspense Book Club

On January 20, 2015, the Mystery Book Group at One More Page Books discussed Alan Furst’s The Spies of Warsaw. Some in the group had been to Warsaw and found Furst’s setting and atmospherics authentic. The year Furst’s story opens…Continue Reading →