Self-proclaimed Prose Laureate of Georgialina
Member of Authors Round the South
“Because I was born in the South, I’m a Southerner. If I had been born in the North, the West, or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being.” —Clyde Edgerton
“I just discovered your stories online. I really enjoy your writing. I plan to read them like my Mama read the Bible—a little at a time so that I can savor them.” —Bill Hatch of Carolina Moon Distillery, Edgefield SC
Welcome to the South. I invite you to take a trip through the best part of the country. Like many aspects of our culture the South is changing. Browse my site and time travel a bit. You’ll find memories, places, and unforgettable characters.
I prefer forgotten backroads and places where the pace crawls, where old mansions crumble, and orchards go untended. It’s there that I find inspiration and there that I uncovers tales and ways that belong to the past. My mission is simple—let them be forgotten no more.
Thanks for dropping by.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self. —Ernest Hemingway
Reader on “Moonshine Memories. ” This was one of the most touching stories I have ever read. It touched me in so many different ways that I lost count. I learned about your writing this year and am looking forward to reading all of it. God bless you for your work and what it means to people. I plan to attend the Southern Studies Showcase and hope to see you there.—Kathy Orr
There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real. —James Salter
No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place. ―Babel
The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement—if you can’t deal with this you needn’t apply. —Will Self in The Guardian
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. —Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
I don’t know why I started writing. I don’t know why anybody does it. Maybe they’re bored, or failures at something else. ― Cormac McCarthy
In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused. —Ernest Hemingway
Writing is a kind of smoke, seized and put on paper. —James Salter
To be a writer is to be sentenced to correcting. —James Salter
If you’re a singer, you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes. —Mickey Spillane
All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. —Ernest Hemingway
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. —Ernest Hemingway
I never wanted to be well rounded, and I do not admire well-rounded people nor their work. So far as I can see, nothing good in the world has ever been done by well-rounded people. The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design. —Harry Crews