If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?
A Woman Named Tenacity
What are you reading right now?
I recently finished Olive Kitteridge, and have started Tom Brokow - The Greatest Generation. I like a vast assortment of books, fiction and non fiction.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Elizabeth Strout, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, E. L. Doctorow, James Michener, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, and Margaret Mitchell.
What were some of your favorite books as a child?
Mostly books about animals. Black Beauty was one favorite.
If you could have lunch and chat with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Margaret Mitchell. I wasn’t born when Gone with the Wind was published but, because it is a Civil War era novel and is written so beautifully, it is one of my all-time favorites. Many of my ancestors fought on both sides in the Civil War and my family’s amateur historians have passed down to me horrific tales of that era. Margaret Mitchell talked to Civil War veterans and others of that time and I’d like to hear what they said to her. I’d also like to tell her that her book was the first book I had read when I was a tad past childhood that wasn’t about horses.
What do you hope to accomplish within the next five years?
I hope Corrigans’ Pool will have establish me as a serious writer by then — one who has published four or five additional novels.
What are you working on right now and can you give us a sneak peek? A small excerpt?
I am working on the sequel to Corrigans’ Pool, which I have tentative titled Leaving Corrigans’ Pool. I had started the sequel even before I published Corrigans’ Pool but wasn’t sure about finishing it. I decided to move forward when readers of Corrigans’ Pool told me how much they liked the book and wanted to know if there would be a sequel. Corrigans’ Pool takes place in and around Savannah, Georgia between 1861 and 1865. Leaving Corrigans’ Poolwebsite, takes the central characters to the wilds of Texas during that state’s dangerous Reconstruction era. I have posted Part One of the sequel on my .
"What do you mean, Honor, 'when we've packed up and gone from this place?'" Ella stared at her younger sister. Surely Honor could not be serious! If so, the girl had no more sense now — married and the mother of a three-year old daughter — than when she was a child-like, fifteen-year-old girl giddy with desire to wed her irrepressible beau, Andy Kearney. Ella looked at their grandmother, Beatrice Corrigan, expecting her to be as shocked as she was at Honor's silly remark, but no sound came from the woman. Not even a derisive hoot! Ella continued to eye the elderly woman whose owl-like eyes — like the steely orbs of an aloof wizard — continued to gaze elsewhere. Surely, she would say something upon hearing such twaddle. The Beatrice Corrigan that Ella knew had an opinion or rejoinder for every conversation within her hearing range, invited or not.