Salvation (Forthcoming fall 2021 )

“Salvation explores the tragic mistakes—well-intentioned in some instances, cruelly selfish in others—made by desperate people. But this is not a dark book. There is great

Dude Wipes & Other Distractions

It’s all Amelia’s fault. When my wickedly witty mentee told me about Dude Wipes, flushable wipes for on-the-go “shituations” packaged in manly shades of charcoal

Dirty Laundry

Mid-May, after a week of torrential downpours, it rained inside my house. Our 12-year-old washer flooded the kitchen, not once but twice; the second time

Shaken & Stirred

The term 20/20 used to mean perfect vision, as in no spectacles required. The year 2020 has been nothing but a spectacle. I’m not talking

Remembering Tony Abbott

Thirty years ago, Tony Abbott was directing Davidson Community Players’ production of Inherit the Wind and needed a set designer. New to North Carolina, I

Cover Story

A few years ago, Hyong Yi had a crazy, brilliant idea for not one book, but two. He had enlisted a group of artists to

Arriving at Concord

To avoid interstate traffic when I head to Durham to visit my daughter, I travel the backroads and rely on my GPS, but I cringe at the

One Writer’s Sunday

Because my friend Kelsi Bova wondered what writers like me do all day, I thought it might be fun to show, rather than tell. Here’s what last

A Hole is to Dig

Remember Maurice Sendak’s playful pen and ink drawings of children in Ruth Knauss’s A HOLE IS TO DIG? In that book, boys and girls roll in the