Not Your Granddaddy’s Westerns

Last week, AIW Press released a short story anthology called Unshod. Its tagline? "Not your granddaddy's westerns." That's probably pretty apt. I remember visiting my grandparents on Sunday evenings. If football or baseball wasn't on, a western was, and as much as I loved my grandfather, I hated his choice of television entertainment. Spaghetti Westerns … Continue reading Not Your Granddaddy’s Westerns

Can One Red Kimono Bridge an Ethnic Divide?

In February, my friend and fellow author Jan Morrill was kind enough to write a guest post for me right before the release of her new novel, The Red Kimono. Since then, the book has come out and I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself bonding with each … Continue reading Can One Red Kimono Bridge an Ethnic Divide?

Six Speakers, I Mean, Reasons Why Saturday Was So Great

This weekend marked the return of one of my favorite annual events… and of course I don’t mean the loss of an hour of sleep. One look at the bags under my eyes and you would know that’s not something I yearn for. Nope, Saturday was Northwest Arkansas Writers’ Annual Writers Workshop. I anticipate this … Continue reading Six Speakers, I Mean, Reasons Why Saturday Was So Great

New Release: Jan Morrill’s The Red Kimono

My grandfather worked hard his whole life. It was the Italian way. Loyalty to employers was only superseded by loyalty to God and loyalty to family, so it was no surprise to anyone that he labored, what seemed like tirelessly, and was a successful man. Long before I met him, when my mother was still in high … Continue reading New Release: Jan Morrill’s The Red Kimono

Inspiring Blogger

I’m grateful and humbled to announce that a blogger I follow has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. P. C. Zick (P.C. Zick in the Writing Life) is an author I met through Facebook, and she lives near my old hometown. She shares similar interests as me, and I enjoy reading her thoughts … Continue reading Inspiring Blogger

Congratulations to Jan Morrill! Published author!

THE RED KIMONO

I begin this blog with a post about my big and exciting news. I am very proud and happy to announce that my book will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2013. (See note below.)

Many of you have known my book by the title, Broken Dolls. From the beginning, my writing mentors warned me not to get too attached to my title, saying that publishers often change them. Of course, I thought to myself, “But what other title could there possibly be for my manuscript other than Broken Dolls?”

So, when Mr. Lawrence Malley, director of the University of Arkansas Press, suggested changing the title to The Red Kimono, I thought, “Huh?” But I nodded politely and said, “That sounds interesting.”

(Don’t you love that word “interesting?”)

When he told me he liked the symbolism of the red kimono…

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