Worthy, Regan, Parisian Journal, 16 January 1964

Bonjour de Paris, Petite Soeur! Since this is our first extended time apart, I have decided to chronicle every important moment in this journal that I can’t include in my letters home — since I know Mother and Father will see them — to share with you upon my return. I will confess that I … Continue reading Worthy, Regan, Parisian Journal, 16 January 1964

Castor, Makepeace, & Pollux: Leah and Kristian

16 April 2011: Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia After their initial meeting with Kristian Makepeace, Leah and Steven follow her into the reception area where a man with Down Syndrome is waiting. When he sees Kristian, he waves. “Hey, Krissie!” “Jimmy,” Kristian says as she goes to hug him. With her arm around his shoulder she … Continue reading Castor, Makepeace, & Pollux: Leah and Kristian

Boom Town: Introduction

10 January 2016: Marietta Street, Atlanta, Georgia. “Associated Press, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15, 2013: Officials with the Cairo Foundation will neither confirm nor deny reports concerning the disappearance of founder David Cairo and several associates during the recent uprising in the Congo. Sources report contact was lost on Saturday when rebels overran the compound the … Continue reading Boom Town: Introduction

Characters: Leonard Stringer

Leonard Stringer Leonard Stringer is a features writer and reporter, mainly employed by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution but syndicated to hundreds of papers throughout the country at the height of his career. Leonard Stringer With the decline of newspapers in the Internet era, Lenny chose not to become a commentator in network news, so he’s semi-retired, … Continue reading Characters: Leonard Stringer

Delilah Barber: Miss Georgia

Copyright 2011, G. M. Lupo While she’s a sophomore at Georgia State University, Delilah competes in the Miss Georgia Pageant. She gets the opportunity by winning a local contest in Canton where she’s still listed in her aunt Wanda’s household, despite living in an apartment in Doraville most of the year. Delilah views it as … Continue reading Delilah Barber: Miss Georgia

Songbird: Rebecca and Alyssa

10 June 2017: Mason Mill Park, Atlanta, Georgia. Rebecca is seated in the living room chatting with Alyssa Walker, a friend she met during Spring Break in 1999. They haven’t seen one another since, until that afternoon when they ran into each other at Lenox Mall. They’ve been catching up between classic films Rebecca has … Continue reading Songbird: Rebecca and Alyssa

Worthy, Abigail & Jillian

Late Thursday morning, Abigail goes to the Hyatt, where Jillian's conference is being held. Numerous participants are milling around the lobby in groups of varying size. An attractive, dark-haired woman in a light silk top and dark slacks takes note of Abigail and heads toward her. “Abigail?” “Yes. You must be Jillian.” Jillian scrutinizes her … Continue reading Worthy, Abigail & Jillian

Worthy, Zelda Burch

Early in Abigail’s sophomore year, a local church starts distributing anti-gay literature and holding protests near campus. Her friend Delores is very angry and insists their LGBTQ group organize counterprotests and confront the parishioners head-on. Abigail is among those who want to take a less confrontational stand against the church. After several discussions among their … Continue reading Worthy, Zelda Burch

Author’s Intent: Expanded Universe

My Expanded Universe of Fictional Atlanta came about when I realized a character I created for a play I was writing in 2011 was the same individual maligned by the lead character in a novel I had shelved around 2000. That novel, Boom Town, featured a character named David Cairo (pronounced “kay-ro” like the Georgia … Continue reading Author’s Intent: Expanded Universe

Worthy, Rosalind and Barbara

Barbara Kincaid has always looked up to her cousin, Rosalind. When she first arrived in Boston, when Barbara was eight or nine, Rosalind was an exotic presence, a West Coast relative who didn’t seem like anyone Barbara had ever met before. In fact, Rosalind was all anyone in the family could talk about. She was … Continue reading Worthy, Rosalind and Barbara