An alternative history serial about my town’s earliest days.

April 29th. 2020

Several months ago, when talk of Longview’s 150th celebrations were still in the works, a newspaper editor asked me a question. She wanted to know if, in my opinion, Longview would have ever developed had the founding father, O.H. Methvin, not acted when he did to bring the railroad to this area. I had to think about an answer. The railroad conversations were the seminal development for this area. Notions led me down a rabbit hole of would Longview even be here today had Texas not won the battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution. She asked me to develop that strange idea, and if inclined, turn the idea into serial for the local paper’s features magazine.

I know enough about actual Texas history to be conversant, but had never studied the pioneer movement that lured discontented southerners across the Red River. This initiative led me to some books, and fertile playing grounds for the “what ifs?” The paper took a leap of faith, and published Chapter One of the serial in the winter. I’ll post the link here.

https://www.news-journal.com/view/voices/blood-on-the-pines/article_66c22828-42b2-11ea-b67c-2f16ce176db0.html

As soon as I can, I’ll post the second installment. There will be six chapters to this short story, and I hope to showcase the grit and tenacity of early Texas settlers and the twist of culture they’d live in had Mexico held on to this territory with a firmer grip.

Let me know what you think.

Love in the Time of Corona

April 1st. 2020

With the bliss of a corona-fied schedule, I find myself with zero excuses for writing a new novel. And, so dear readers, I submit that the rough draft of the new book both fills me with surprises and challenges. The setting will be in Comfort, Texas — like the books Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs–and familiar personalities will walk through the pages, but these main characters are modern and fresh, with experiences that are far different from my comfort zone. I’ve spent time with cookbooks open and Googling details so that the events fill authentic. Its a hard thing to get under the skin of characters that I don’t know well, or don’t have experience living their steps. I’m giving it my best shot though, and hope when these pages go through all their edits and polish, that you’ll enjoy the story with the same graciousness you’ve shown to other stories. I’ve flirted with calling the new book, Love in the Time of Corona, but will default to the better title, Comfort Foods.

Have no idea when the new book will be published, but due to the need for stories during these Corona days, I’ve priced all four previous novels as $0.99 eBooks. Hope that gives folks who need a mental vacation, a budget friendly approach to the relief that stories provide.