Monthly Archives: June 2014

4th of July: Dream of Freedom

The upcoming festivities here in Lake City set me to thinking a little bit about some of the historic ramifications of the 4th of July: In 1863, as June broiled into July, rumors began to fall like long-awaited raindrops on … Continue reading

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Like Tacks to a Magnet

In my novel, Fever Season, water ( or lack thereof) becomes a significant symbol of life.It is the thermometer reflecting the health of the South and, by proxy, the Tolliver family. For example their cotton plantation sat on the banks … Continue reading

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Emancipation Proclamation

One cannot write a Civil War novel without addressing, at least superficially, the subject of slavery.  While it was not my intent to make the evils of slavery the preeminent theme of Fever Season,in retrospect slavery and freedom did indeed become … Continue reading

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More Popcorn, Please!

For those of you  poor unfortunates who don’t have the privilege of living in Lake City, I’d like to tell you about our treasure, the little Mountaineer Theater.  The  Phil and Carolyn Virden are bringing all the summer  must-see blockbusters this … Continue reading

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Rising Wind

My characters in Fever Season had been able to foresee, for a long time, the menacing clouds of the coming war.  One was instigating war, some were professional soldiers: others volunteered and were wounded or died in a cause they likely knew was hopeless. The Tollivers … Continue reading

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Remember Who You Are

In the South there has ever been an emphasis on complex family connections.  ” Who are your people?”  ” Where do you come from?”    Whether we find ourselves in high cotton or genteel poverty these familial webs weave within … Continue reading

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Retreat or Surrender…

Attack! Charge!  Retreat! Occupy, I Surrender!  These are all military options that armies have used since time began.  During the American Civil War the civilian population of Vicksburg and the Tolliver family I write about, were caught between the cross purposes … Continue reading

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There’s Gold in them thar Hills!

The setting of Fever Season moves from the Reconstruction train wreck of Mississippi to the adventure and opportunity of the gold rush of Colorado.  New fresh riches change your perspective.  Gold Nuggets can be life changing and I found  a … Continue reading

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Popcorn and Twizzlers…

June 5, 2014   I love to go to the movies.  Like many of you, I love the communal experience of enjoying a motion picture on the Big Screen, en masse.  The smell of the popcorn and twizzlers while watching the … Continue reading

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The Siege

June 2, 2014 In May  of 1863 General Grant gave up trying to muscle his way into Vicksburg, Mississippi and settled for a siege strategy.   The unfortunate inhabitants of Vicksburg were  already experiencing ever-tightening deprivation due to Union control of … Continue reading

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