Gone With The Wind is still worth your reading time today

February 27th. 2019

I’d recently been reading Pat Conroy’s memoir about his reading/writing life, and stumbled upon a beautiful tribute to the novel, Gone With The Wind. The words caught me up short because the book is well over 80-years old and, brutally, a southern novel about a lifestyle and mindset long since faded. But, as one who had never read the book and could barely remember the movie, I decided to take the paperback with me on a trip to the beach. I’m so glad I packed that brick. Not only because it was long enough (over 800 pages) to keep me entertained for five days of prime chaise lounge reclining, but because it reminded me of how brave writers are. Margaret Mitchell wrote an epic novel about a war, a culture, a mystique that was still quite fresh on the minds of her audience in 1936. The Civil War and it’s after effect was tangible and the generation who’d fought in that war, for those causes, were still alive. She took on a sweeping saga and personalized it through the eyes of four main characters, each with a unique POV. Scarlett and Rhett are iconic, but they’re as much anti-heroes as trailblazers. It’s going to take me a while to digest my final opinion on this novel, but it’s not the portrayals of blacks and whites, Yankees and Confederates, carpetbaggers and gentility, that’s so remarkable–it’s the interior life of two characters who resisted every box society tried to shove them into. Maybe it’s to prove that in those most unlikeable there is the grit it takes to survive.

A video chat about the history behind the novels, The Big Inch and Harmon General–with Texas Author’s Alan Bourgeois

February 16th. 2019

If you like knowing “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say, here’s a link to a video interview/chat talking the back story of the WWII Texas based projects that were so pivotal in changing the outcomes for Allied soldiers in the fight. I really need to sit on my hands. My hand gestures look like a bat dipping in and around my head. What is it with girls who can’t talk without their hands?? I hope I don’t ever have to find out–I may go mute.

 

 

 

Places These Books Take Me

February 7th. 2019

Because talking about books is almost a fun conversation, I am invited to speak to a variety of different groups about the books I’ve written and those that have influenced my writing. Playing in the world of words has been my happy place for a very long time, and I will stay there for as long as I can because there are always new people to meet on the playground. This month I’ve been invited to speak to a Rotary Club, A Ladies Lunch Group, a Garden Club, a Church Group, and be a part of a Valentines Sweets and Books event. That’s a lot of words about books.

Thank you to those who take a leap and invite me to be your speaker, and thanks to those who leave the events with my books in their hands. This beautiful friendship fuels me as a writer, and encourages me to go back to my desk and start again.