Goodbye to my sweet Uncle James

He always loved me…when I was little he was pushing me in the stroller and when we passed the taxidermist he said he wanted to take me in and have me stuffed. Thankfully he didn’t. He was a preacher from the time he was sixteen years old following in the footsteps of his father, he was a husband for 64 years to Aunt Betty, a father to three beautiful children Dexter, Dana and Marla, the oldest boy in eleven children and the uncle to a whole bunch of us… He was my mom’s pastor, which is the sole reason she met my Father. He married them, dedicated me and could talk baby talk like no one’s business. I believe he is the author of it if you want to know the truth. The last time I saw him I was in Vero Beach on a book tour for The Will of Wisteria. My cousin Dexter and his wife Tammy brought Aunt Betty and Uncle James to see me because I was only in town for a few hours. Uncle James gave me a few kisses and then wondered off to do one of his favorite things, look at books…runs in teh family. Tammy was given responsibility of watching him and at some point we lost him. How do you lose an 82 year old?  Too funny…I knew then it might be the last time I’d get to see him. And it was. This morning, at 82,  he went home to be with the Lord. He had just told my cousin Dexter that he was ready to go home to...

Wednesday with a Writer

I love reading. Truth be told that has to be why I write. Because I never even thought about becoming a writer. But you could always find me with a book in my hand. Even now, I travel with one in the car most of the time and if I’m stagnant in a fast food line (you know I spend time there), or in a Doctor’s office, (not my first choice) or waiting on a friend for dinner, I’ll take a book with me. I’ve devoured more fiction this year than normal, because requests to endorse books has increased and because I discovered Francine Rivers…Enough said. But a couple years back I connected with this wonderful lady over a phone call about literary agents. Since then we’ve connected in so many wonderful ways and I wanted to share with you her new book Things Left Unspoken which hits book stores on June 6th. My friend Eva Marie Everson is an award winning author, an incredible speaker and a popular radio personality. She writes fiction and non-fiction alike and I just love knowing her. So, I wanted you to get to know her too. Okay- Here we go…. Well Eva, you know I love your new book. But I also loved your Potluck Club books too. You just make me laugh. But your new book, though it still has your charming wit, is a little more serious I think. Can you tell us how the story of “Things Left Unspoken” came to you? I’d be happy to … when my great-uncle died, he left my great-aunt (they had no children)...