It’s Poetry Month

Hey y’all! In celebration of Poetry Month, I thought I’d share a few of my previously published poems. I hope you enjoy them. And constructive criticism is always welcome here at Tea Cakes and Whiskey. So please feel free to comment or ask questions. I have been busy getting ready for hip replacement surgery, but I’d love to get your input. I wrote this first poem about my grandfather. He was a farmer in southeast Alabama. He was also one of the best story-tellers I’ve ever known. I miss sitting on…

Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity

Tea Cakes and Whiskey welcomes Laura McNeil for a talk about her new novel, Center of Gravity. Laura will be having a book signing at Carpe Diem in Mobile on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 pm.  Website | Blog |  Twitter | Pre-Order On AmazonPinterest | Goodreads | Instagram | Facebook |   I am especially excited about today’s guest. Mobile writer, Laura McNeill, has agreed to sit down and discuss her new novel – Center of Gravity. I’ve known Laura for several years. We met through a mutual friend and bonded over her second novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, a rollicking love…

Life Lessons from a Friend

Sometimes we are lucky enough to have people come into our lives who make us better. My friend Charles McInnis was such a person. My favorite question from Charles was “What if?” He was always encouraging and helpful to everyone he met. He had a way of making you feel like you were the most talented person in the room, but we all knew that he was. His talents went far beyond writing, teaching and photography. He had that talent so few of us have — the talent to bring…

Red Clay Readers Take on Robert Inman’s Home Fires Burning

I’ve been reading the summer selections of the Red Clay Readers, AL.com’s on-line book club. Today I’d like to share my review of Alabamian, Robert Inman’s, first novel, Home Fires Burning. When Jessica Sawyer Rigby first approached me to write the review, I was excited because I met Inman at the Alabama Writer’s Symposium a few months ago and attended a wonderful discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird featuring Inman, Mark Childress and Jeanie Thompson. After reading the book, I’ve become a fan of Inman and can’t wait to read his other…

Winding Down To Kill a Mockingbird

As I mentioned earlier, I have been involved in the AL.com Red Clay Readers Book Club study of To Kill a Mockingbird. On Friday, April 25th the book club culminated in a round table discussion of the book lead by Alec Harvey and featuring this year’s Harper Lee Award recipient, Mark Childress, the wonderful Robert Inman, and Executive Director of Alabama Writers’ Forum, Jeanie Thompson. Jessica Sawyer-Rigby, the dynamic force behind this great endeavor, was wonderful at getting things organized and keeping us on track. I was thrilled and honored when…