Interviewed on “West Virginia Author” for the WV Library Commission 

Recently the multi-talented author, teacher, and editor, Cat Pleska, and I sat down to chat about my writing and my most recent book: Me and Mary Ann. Check it out on YouTube:


Huntington Fiction Factory

On April 11, 2019, the Huntington Fiction Factory was born, a part of Arts Night Out sponsored by the Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau. It’s a craft-forward series of talks, workshops, and discussions about writing led by some of the regions well-known writers. This brain child of Shelia Redling kicked off with a talk by Marie Manilla on short stories. The monthly feature is on the second Thursday of the month at the CVB in Heritage Station. I’ll be the July speaker. Hope to see you there.It’s Small Business Saturday, November 24. I’ll be signing books at Empire Books and News. I hope you’ll drop by, chat, and pick up a book or two. They are the gifts that keep on giving.

As a reading geek, I was thrilled to meet Doris Kearns Goodwin when she was in Huntington in October 2018. I even got to give her a copy of The Rebel in the Red Jeep, which, as a political junkie, I hope she’ll enjoy.fullsizeoutput_330f

IMG_57162018 was a good year for me. In April, I received the Ella Dickey Literary Award for The Rebel in the Red Jeep at the Marshfield, Missouri, Cherry Blossom Festival. I joined several literary luminaries in the award ceremony.

In June, I was honored to receive the West Virginia IMG_5885Writers, Inc.  J.U.G. (Just Uncommonly Good) Award, the annual honor they give for a person’s contributions to the arts and literature.

And, later that month, I received the Herald Dispatch newspaper’s Award for the Arts, 2017. For more click here

HD 2018

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