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(photo: Susan Cushman, Editor, Melissa Carrigee, Publisher, and Kathy L. Murphy, founder of the Pulpwood Queens, dressed as lumber jacks…

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Why Should You Read “The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years!”?

It’s all about STORY . . . . In 2020, the Pulpwood Queens—and their male counterparts, the Timber Guys—are celebrating…

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2019 End of Year Book List

Nonfiction 23: Fiction 20 This is my third year to compile an end-of-year list of the books I read during…

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Tell Me a Story

Pat Conroy, Angels, and Golden Bridges Whenever I speak at a bookstore or library about one of my books, someone…

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Blurb Slut

Lifting One Another Up My favorite author Pat Conroy called himself a “blurb slut,” and was known for writing blurbs…

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Celebrate National Library Week with these Words of Advance Praise for FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

  Today I’m celebrating National Library Week by sharing advance praise from eleven authors for my short story collection, FRIENDS…

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Still Blooming . . . .

I’m still processing what happened at last weekend’s “A Second Blooming Retreat,” at the lovely Homestead Education Center in Starkville,…

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Warming Up to Adele (and short story collections)

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I have published four books, with four different publishers—two university presses…

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