I love writing stories about my family–stories that have been passed down from great grandmother to grandmother to aunts to me. Since I didn’t live during the times these stories take place, I have to imagine myself there. The minute I imagine it, it becomes fiction. So I don’t write memoir, trying to get everything perfectly accurate. I wasn’t there. I couldn’t possibly know exactly what happened! Instead, I write fictional stories based on the old tales told to me by my relatives.
My first book about the life of my grandmother and great grandmother will be out September 1 of this year from Mercer University Press. You can pre-order here at Amazon, or here at Mercer University Press.
I also love sewing. My love for sewing is sort of a family heirloom. (Click to continue reading). My great grandmother owned a sewing and notions store back in the early 1900s. She passed down lovely quilts and hand embroidered baby clothes as well as lovely crocheted table cloths and bedspreads. I have them in the hope chest my great grandfather built for her.
During these thirty days, I hope to be able to blend my two passions. I hope to be able to show you modern techniques for some of the heirloom pieces handed down by my great grandmother. I’ll be using machines that my great grandmother couldn’t even imagine–a Janome 15000 sewing and embroidery machine, and an Elna 744 serger. My sewing will never be as lovely as my great grandmother’s, but I love trying!