Thanks for Dropping By

Many thanks to those of you who visited us at the Dogwood Arts Festival. With the exception of Friday morning, the weather was very cooperative, the crowds were steady, I sold a few books (and some Guild members sold dozens), and I got a chance to see some of the other artists on the Square. There are some talented people in this area.

On Sunday I took my hammer dulcimer with me; it was the last day and I thought I’d entertain my fellow authors and anyone else who dropped by. A man came by around two or so with a fiddle case strapped to his back and ended up staying a while. There weren’t a lot of songs we knew in common, but “Soldier’s Joy” and “Whisky Before Breakfast” sounded pretty good, and there were several more that one or the other of us knew and the other could figure out an accompaniment. It was lots of fun. 

I’m scheduled for the Children’s Festival of Reading in May, and I’ll send out more details as we get closer. This season there’s also the Lenoir City Festival, the Grainger County Tomato Festival, the Thunder Road Author Rally, and whatever else comes along. Hope your spring is going well, and don’t forget to check out my podcast, House Mountain Views (links on the website).

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A career working with teenagers on the fringes of society has made me both sensitive to and appreciative of the complexities of character and the struggles, inner and outer, that we all wrestle with in one form or another. My writing emphasizes character development over action, and, as a lifelong Southerner, the rhythms and cadence of the Southeastern United States influence both my spoken and written voice.

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