Once Upon a time...
I won this literary award called the Sophie Kerr Prize in 2001. It is the largest undergraduate literary award in the country and I won it as a senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland for a series of creative non-fiction short stories about the place I call home - the Delmarva Peninsula. That collection was (overly) titled Crossings: A Journey Into God's Country and my fifteen minutes of fame were delicious.
I added one more story to the collection and wound up self-publishing it under the much shorter title of Crossings. Sure, I tried the traditional route and agents and so on, but like every other writer before me, rejection letters piled. (That was a good thing.) I learned. The book lives. The sun comes up and goes back down.
Currently, I am working on my second book - a non-fiction novel about the murder of my high school English teacher, Alice Davis. This is heavy material and it causes my editor to drink more than normal, but it is a story that needs to be told. My desire is to tell it; my fear is that I won't do it justice. I'll be posting blog(ish) style updates as I move through the project. It's a new blog so bear with me. My old one died of malnutrition in 2012.