Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Flamingo Funeral

I spent the day yesterday listening to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. I just love the Bentonia Blues style. I was reworking a few of the stories in Flamingo Funeral and what better choice for background music? So I thought I’d do something a little different today. Following is a blog I wrote shortly after the book was released and I unexpectedly ended up talking to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes on the telephone. The blog explains how that happened. Following the blog, I have  included the scene from Flamingo Funeral that I used…

What Makes a Southern Writer Southern?

Many times during interviews I am asked the question: Do you consider yourself a Southern Writer? (Yes.) What makes you a Southern Writer? (I just am.) No really, read my answer here. It is a question I’ve had to put some thought into. Recently, my husband gave me a book to read. He does this every now and then usually something to do with sports. Sometimes I get through them. Sometimes I don’t. Though even he didn’t predict I would fall in love with Woody Hayes. Maybe because growing up in Alabama made me…

LoDa Artwalk Book Signing

Downtown Mobile is one of my favorite places to be on any occasion. Friday night was especially fun as I headed downtown with a box full of books to participate in the March LoDa Artwalk. I couldn’t have been a better evening for it. The crowd was great! I think everyone was in a good mood having recuperated from Mardi Gras and ready for some casual strolling along Dauphin Street to watch the artists at work, peruse the fares, and listen to some really great local musicians. The weather was…

Antihistamine, Espresso and Jack Daniels

  Another milestone in this author’s life — I have had my first television interview. The funny thing is, I didn’t say one thing I thought I would. Well, maybe one. The “come down to my book signing in front of Mobile Arts Council on Dauphin Street Friday night from 6 – 8” line. But other than that, nothing I had played over and over in my head ever made it out of my mouth. And that’s probably for the better. Pat Greenwood, ever the professional, made the whole ordeal fun…

A Conversation with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

I spent the day yesterday listening to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. I just love the Bentonia Blues style. I was reworking a few of the stories in Flamingo Funeral and what better choice for background music? So I thought I’d do something a little different today. Following is a blog I wrote shortly after the book was released and I unexpectedly ended up talking to Jimmy “Duck” Holmes on the telephone. The blog explains how that happened. Following the blog, I have  included the scene from Flamingo Funeral that I used…