book presents a more honest picture of Southern men and women than most
'southern' fiction I've read. The characters remind me of folks I know
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for the novels in the Life and Love in Dixie series with two titles thus
far, Storm Surge (can love trump deceit and distrust?) and Love in Smallfoot
Alley, (romantic suspense with a touch of mad-scientist sci-fi and a whiff
of the paranormal).
Also check out the Legacy of Fortitude,
a mainstream Southern fiction series, Southern Man, its sequels, Sweet
Southern Boys and Little Sister. The two last titles in the series, Wesley's
Women and Neo-Confederate, are tentatively scheduled to release in 2019.
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never believed in crypto-primates -- until they threatened the woman he
a touch of mad-scientist sci-fi and
a whiff of the paranormal
A blinding rainstorm
and terrifying red-eyed creatures threaten her journey to her new job.
Is her georgeous but taciturn rescuer a good Samaritan, or another danger?
Can love transcend
her deceit and his distrust?
romantic suspense highlights
the trials and rewards of
virtue in an immoral world.
She went undercover
to catch a crook -- but how can a criminal be a man of such high principles
and virtue? And how can she stop herself from falling in love with him?
More to the point -- why should she?
From sultry south Georgia to the Mississippi
Coast to bustling Jacksonville, Florida, this series features three Georgia
families, the Kincaids, the Jordans and the Stevensons -- and one Chicago yankee who makes his
own legacy in the South..
of Southerners throughout the region, and for generations, fortitude is
particularly characteristic of the largely Scots-Irish denizens of the
Southern highlands, where it is also known as pure cussedness. It encompasses
more than just mountaineer stubbornness, though. It is the sheer determination
to defy defeat, even among the defeated -- or, at least, to refuse the
behavior and demeanor of the defeated.
Life in the wreckage
the counter culture.
The tender and tenacious
love between a corporate executive and his adoring wife is tested when
he becomes the target of an amoral material girl and her uber-feminist
mentor -- with harrowing consequences for himself and his family.
Coming of age in the
dawn of modern misandry.
Best friends since kindergarten,
three boys happily grow up together in south Georgia. But as seniors in
high school, they are accused of an unspeakable crime.
It isn't always Big
Brother who's watching. Sometimes it's Little Sister.
At her boyfriend's urging,
a college student applies for a summer internship at a social justice watchdog
group where she learns things that could be deadly to herself and her family.
Can the love of one
woman save him from destruction by another?
A young man visits his estranged,
dying mother and leaves dangerously troubled, the moral and ethical beliefs
he had lived by all his life completely shattered. Can his devoted girlfriend
help him through the darkness?
Things aren't always
as they seem.
A conservative, Christian
man active in the Confederate heritage community runs for Congress and
is attacked viciously by progressive groups and the media.
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Visit Verona, Georgia
Verona was inspired by Valdosta,
Georgia, and sits in approximately the same location, in extreme south
Georgia, just a half-hour north of the Florida line. But the fictional
town is not Valdosta with the name changed. There are many similarities,
however. Incidentally, I have never been to Valdosta.
In both population and area,Verona
is about half the size of Valdosta. The fictional town's population is
about 25,000. It is the home of Verona State University. Downtown lies
a few miles to the west of Interstate 75. Because of its proximity to I-75's
intersection with Interstate 10 in northern Florida, Verona is a manufacturing
and warehousing/distribution center.
Valdosta has nearby Moody
Air Force Base; Verona has nearby Martin Air Force Base. Valdosta has the
Little River; Verona the Oostachula River. And they both have the Okefenokee
Swamp not far to the east.Just a little further on, the Atlantic coast
with Jacksonville, Brunswick and Savannah lie within easy driving distance.
Chatahoula County, Alabama
The fictional Crow River
in fictional Chatahoula County. The Crow is a tributary of the very real
Tombigbee River which is part of the Tennesssee-Tombigbee Waterway. The
Crow is not commercially navigable, per the hero of Smallfoot Alley, and
is used exclusively by recreational craft.
Capital of L.A. -- Lower Alabama,
a nickname for the Florida panhandle, home of some of Florida's most beautiful
beaches. Pensacola sits atop the coast of the Gulf of Mexico -- America's
Throughout the writing of
the early titles, this was simply The Georgia Series. After publication
of the second title, Sweet Southern Boys, I chose the new name because
I see fortitude as one of the defining traits of the main characters in
all five of the stories.
Although characteristic of
Southerners* throughout the region, and for generations, fortitude is particularly
characteristic of the largely Scots-Irish denizens of the Southern highlands,
where it is also known as pure cussedness. It encompasses more than just
mountaineer stubbornness, though. It is the sheer determination to defy
defeat, even among the defeated -- or, at least, to refuse the behavior
and demeanor of the defeated.
Fortitude explains the refusal
of Confederate soldiers -- and their families -- to grovel after the Union's
brutal victory and even more brutal "re-unification." Popular culture and
some scholarly works (J.W. Cash's Mind of the South, for example)
portray white Southerners, especially men, who were not of the aristocracy
(that is, poor, as in "poor white"), as whining and shiftless and incessently
blaming others for his circumstances. While true in some individual instances,
it is this stereotype (and others) -- which I consider not merely unrealistic
and largely untrue, but malicious -- that I write to counter.
The primary reason it is
untrue is because the "lazy Southerner" was actually a condition resulting
from widespread poverty after the war. Many Southerner at that time could
not afford shoes and they contracted hookworm from walking barefoot in
places where the organisms lived. Hookworm infection resulted in catastrophic
iron deficiency anemia, rendering the victim basically incapable of doing
much of anything physically.
Based upon my experience
and observation growing up in the last half of the 20th Century, in various
places in the Deep South, I believe white Southerners have gotten a bum
rap for everything from the "civil war" to the civil rights movement, from
"slavery and racism" to religious fanaticism. In general, the Southerners
I've known are basically hard-working and genial; they possess a healthy
balance of contentedness and ambition. They love to work and they
love to play; they are far less judgmental and more tolerant than folks
from other regions, and they have remarkably long fuses.
How this fortitude, and other
regional characteristics, manifest in individuals -- both men and women,
but especially men -- is one of the threads woven throughtout my writing,
and particularly in this series. How they respond to sudden adversity is
at the heart of the stories in the Legacy of Fortitude series.
*The term Southerners
here, and throughout my writing, refers primarily (though not exclusively)
to white Southerners, particularly those whose forebears have lived in
the South for generations.
About the Author,the stories,
the inspiration, and my cat
South ~ My Writing Inspiration A
Land of Legend, Song, and Hallowed, Heroic Memories
Southern fiction? The words of Edward Carmack (1858-1908), Congressman,
Senator and prominent journalist in Tennessee, offer a an insightful
place to start a discussion of my motives for writing about the South and
South is a land that hs known sorrows. It is a land that has broken the
ashen crust and moistened it with tears, a land scarred and riven by the
plowhare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead, but a land of
legend, a land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories. To that
land, every drop of my blood, every fibre of my being, every pulsation
of my heart is consecrated forever. I was born of her womb, I was nurtured
at her breast and when my last hour shall come, I pray that I may lie upon
her bosom and be rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.
literature, has long been recognized as a distinctive genre few other regions
of the United States can claim, the exception being the Western.
A look at the genre and its writers gives one a clue about the depth, breadth
and richness of the vein of storytelling ore that runs through the culture
of the South.
South Alabama cotton field
variety of locatings and settings is equally rich -- from mountains to
seashore, great forests to desert to lush farmlands, glittering cities
to sleepy small towns to vast rural stretches.
South boasts other elements that speak to its uniqueness... its 160 or
so spoken dialects and delightful Southernisms... the cuisine --
sweet tea, tomato sandwiches, cornbread, fried chicken (for that matter,
fried anything), succulent seafood and spicy gumbo ... the flora -- live
oaks draped with Spanish moss, ubiquitous pines, creamy-blossomed magnolias
and yucca, showy azaleas, sweet-smelling honeysuckle...
Pensacola -- My little sunbaked city by the
there's the history, the culture -- ten thousand years of Indian civilization,
European settlement, antebellum plantation society, the pervasive influence
of Christianity and tradition, and postbellum economic oppression that
lasted for generations. Throw in the hunting and fishing, Sunday
singings, college football extravaganzas, going to mama'n'them's, the many
distinctive music genres, renown hospitality and much, much more, and you
begin to see what makes Dixie a fascinating backdrop for the storyteller's
Some of My
Century Modern...anything. Art, architecture, furniture, housewares, fashion,
you-name-it. Vintage Travel Trailers -- restoration, or building new to
look old... Southern History and Heritage. Small craft design
a former staff writer for The Florida Sun, (now the Pensacola
Independent News), which was published, starting in 1999, in Pensacola,
Florida by former Congressman
Joe Scarborough (now the star of "Morning Joe" on MS- NBC).
Cover to Cover, Never Bound by the Truth" said the little slogan in the
top left corner of the cover. My articles were all nonfiction and
ran the gamut from travel to current events and chemtrails to Bigfoot in
authors who inspired
me to write
Stout -- author of the Nero Wolf detective series -- the voice
of Archie Goodwin, who shares with Scout Finch the honor of being my favorite
first-person narrator. I read my first Wolfe Book at age thirteen, Might
As Well Be Dead.
Parkinson Keyes -- her sprawling Louisiana novels are a bit dated
now and politically incorrect but her settings and characters are highly
memorable. (Clyde Batchelor of Steamboat Gothic is the quintessential romance
Browning -- Back in the '80s, Dixie was the first to inspire me
to try my hand at writing romance. Most Dixie's novels that I read were
set in the South, along the Atlantic coast, which was a big attraction
for me. It was doubly enjoyable because I could tell Dixie was a Southerner
and knew her setting, and Southern people.
Mitchell -- Need I say more?
up a preacher's kid in Georgia and Alabama. My identity as a Southerner
is stronger than my identity as an American simply because it goes back
sense of identity goes back to at least age three when I was too young
to articulate it. We would climb into our pale green Henry J to go to church,
to town, or to visit family, and I would stand in the front seat (no wussie
car seats or lap belts for us Boomer kids, nosiree), stare out the windows,
and feel a sense of belonging to this place...
identified the place that evoked this sense of belonging as my hometown,
Dalton, Georgia, but as I grew older, the boundaries of my place expanded
outward. By the time I reached my teens, it encompassed the entire South.