A. Oklahoma has always been the well I’ve drawn from in short stories and books. Both of my parents were born there and their parents pioneered there. I grew up in
, kindergarten through BA at OU in Letters. I left there on a Ford Foundation scholarship for graduate school, but ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF MARRIAGE, (2nd
edition out 10/15/16 and Oklahoma CADILLAC, OKLAHOMA 11/1/16, both are set in and I believe
are true to the spirit of the state. They can be pre-ordered from UPPER and
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. I don’t have to get dressed in the mornings; I can just sit down and write.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Marketing the books.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I have actually been a home stager for houses that were going on the market or for homeowners who wanted a fresh start. I had a great time with that. And, in my fantasies, I’m still a teacher.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Late Bloomer
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. I have loved many books, but the one that taught me the most about writing was one I didn’t come to until I was teaching high school English. MRS. BRIDGE by Evan S. Connell taught me to write a spare sentence.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I’m the oldest child in my family who always imagined that she was responsible for everyone’s happiness, so Elinor Dashwood in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Emma Thompson played the role in the 1995 movie. She’s one of my favorite actors.
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. I am most like Patricia in ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF MARRIAGE. Although she was braver on her wedding day than I would have been under the circumstances.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. My family was never good at taking vacations when I was a child, and my husband and I haven’t got the hang of it either, so maybe I’ll choose Lucinda Fleeson’s WAKING UP IN EDEN, so at least I’d get to go to Hawaii.
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. I love the fall—crisp air, new pencils, blank notebooks, a time of
beginnings for the school year: classes and dances.
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your
favorite book cover and why?
A. I really like the cover of Ronna Wineberg’s
PLACE. It shows a dollhouse-like frame house
suspended over a congested city street. It suggests the vulnerability of the
family of emigrants portrayed within the book.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour
or while promoting your book.
A. I was on a book tour in
season and took shelter in the refrigerator at a Dairy Queen.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Of course. I’m telling the story of my grandfather’s family’s
It’s called THE WOMAN IN THE DUGOUT and includes some antique photographs, some
from our family collection. My publisher told me it will come out in February
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those
that are just stopping by?
A. Hi. You are alive and reading at a very exciting time.
no longer has a New York
monopoly on publishing. All over the country small presses are growing up. Writers are able to publish their own books. During the reign of the giant bookstores, we lost the 50 year-old bookstore I could walk to. Amazon wiped out the rest in the city I live in. But now, right here in my neighborhood, a beautiful bookstore has just opened up. The newspapers tell us it’s a good time to open a book store. People missed them. And there are blogs like Mrs. Mommy to support writers and readers and help them find each other. Rejoice, literary people! We live a an age of revival.