The Square, Decatur, Georgia, 9 August 2009. I’m formulating a definition of my writing style based on my recent work, which has been focused on my hometown of Atlanta. The name I’ve devised is Southern NeoRealism and I’m working to develop characteristics of it, based on common themes in my writing. For instance, a character’s … Continue reading Southern NeoRealism: A Working Draft
The most important weapon in a writer’s arsenal is language; wield it with skill and precision. The writing should always speak for itself; never explain; never apologize, but always be willing to edit for clarity. Don’t worry about telling the literal truth; be true to the characters, the story, and the artistic vision. Never consider … Continue reading Writer’s Manifesto (Revised)
Mother Avis Collins stands before a packed sanctuary at her church and welcomes the faithful. “Good morning!” she says and is greeted by a chorus of replies. “Today is the day the Lord has made. I welcome you all to fellowship with us. I’d like to ask all the home folk to rise and visitors … Continue reading Woman of God, Avis
I'm collecting all my essays and non-universe stories into a single collection, due out the first of next year. Here's my current cover conception.
The redesigned cover of Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South, soon to be in its third paperback and first hardcover editions. Should be available by the holidays.
Print ISBN: 978-9848913-8-2 Ebook ISBN: 9781386502401 Alyssa Caine wakes up from a car accident claiming to be Rebecca Asher, who died five years before. Alyssa’s estranged sister, Leah Walker, sets out to learn all she can about Rebecca to discover why and to bring Alyssa back. Featuring characters from the award-winning play, Another Mother, and … Continue reading Purchase Rebecca, Too
When Charlotte Sanger moved to Atlanta in 1996, Deanna Savage and her husband, Emanuel, known as Manny, welcomed her as one of the family. Manny helped Charlotte get a job with the Forestry Service after her son Ishmael was born, and the Savage kids have always treated Izzy like a little brother. As they became … Continue reading Axe Man, Snake Lady
Mylene Messner stood on the porch of the home she shared with her husband, Zachariah, watching as he drove away in his light blue Chevy Rambler. She lingered a long while, knowing it was the last time she’d ever see him, then went inside and began clearing away the breakfast dishes and washing them. She … Continue reading Ashes, Mylene
Daniel begins with Jerusalem being sacked by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and the prominent families taken off into exile. The narrative states that Daniel entered service to the Babylonian king at the beginning of the exile, which happened between 597-586 BCE, and that he remained in royal service until Cyrus of Persia allowed the Jews … Continue reading Real Bible Studies: The Book of Daniel
Nothing in his life became him like the leaving of it. —Shakespeare, Macbeth Without looking it up, how many people know John F. Kennedy's birthdate? Now, how many know the date on which he died? Most people over a certain age can not only recall the date, but can relate, in great detail, where they … Continue reading In the Bleak Midwinter