CAIN’T DO NOTHING WITH LOVE won the CIPA EVVY Audio Book Award 2014. All stories treat difficult topics—death, religion, family—with sharp humor and urgent respect.
LUCKY CRITTERS A lonely woman in Florence, Alabama reacts to the death of her boyfriend by connecting with his killer. This first appeared in The Peralta Press, winning its 2K2 Award.
ROLLERBLADER FOR JESUS A fifth-grader in rural Mississippi, intent on being the smartest girl in her class, sees Jesus in her closet; he advises her to “Skate On.” This first appeared in Gulf Coast Literary Journal.
AINT' NO COMMIES 'ROUND HERE An aging farmer in Tuscumbia, Alabama must learn to love his liberal hippie nephew. This is a story about the importance of family relationships in a changing world.
BABY DOG, PEEWEE NED, AND THE DEVIL'S NAKED BUTT Grief over the death of her parents leads a woman in Memphis, Tennessee to invite the Devil into her home. This first appeared in Hurricane Review.
IT DOES NO GOOD WHATSOEVER TO STAY BITTER A former addict in rural Mississippi reacts to her family’s lack of support for her recovery program. This story treats several topics—addiction, family strife, and sexual identity—with acerbic humor.
SUPERMAN AT THE MANOR The son of a retirement home resident in Charlotte, North Carolina arrives at the home's Happy Hour in his Halloween costume. With humor, this story explores a son’s rocky relationship with his mother.
A TRIP TO THE LAWYER A college student in rural Mississippi, confused by the changes happening in her family, turns to a good-looking lawyer for advice. A story of slapstick humor, this first appeared in RedHot ChickLit Review
THE GIFT OF THE ELEPHANT A man from India offers to repay the kindness of Canton, Mississippi by giving the city an elephant. This story was nominated for Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses by Eureka Literary Magazine.
SHOW THE CLOTHES Can a stranger in Memphis, Tennessee keep a disagreement between a model and a luncheon guest from turning into a cat fight? This is an acerbic story of young woman’s struggle to make a living.
POCKETBOOK SYNDROME A vintage clothier in small-town Alabama must choose between his professional standards and the love of a young man. This first appeared in New Madrid Review. Adult Content.
FULL MOON WALK A fight in a bar on Memphis’s famous Beale Street forces a young woman to change her views on her sister’s childrearing skills. This first appeared in Southern Women’s Review.
SQUIGGLES THE SQUIRREL A young boy at Lake Minnidaka Resort in Mississippi must grow up if he is to protect his mother from an abusive lover wearing a squirrel costume. This is an unconventional coming-of-age tale that includes a first kiss.
JUST NOW A confused young woman sorts out her feelings by sitting zen in an Elks Lodge in Mississippi. A story of coming to terms with sudden death, Just Now first appeared in Memphis Magazine, winning its Annual Fiction Contest.
|Geography:||Central Southern States|
|Realism:||Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science|
|Setting Type:||Pastoral (rural & small towns)|
|Time Period:||2010 - 2019|
Styles & Themes
|Inspires Reader to Feel:||Nostalgic/Happy|
|Mysteries & Puzzles:||None or only very minor mysteries|
|Pacing:||Time to savor, deliberate|
|Physical Action:||Minor and occasional action|
|Political/Social Commentary:||Politics irrelevant to story|
|Romance:||Minor romance, not a significant story driver|