Sister Blackberry

SisterBlackberrycoverEighty-seven year old Viola Garland has secrets that have tormented her for over sixty years. She kept these secrets because she believed her family would be protected. When a skeleton is discovered at a Rayes County building site, the choice she made as a young woman threatens to come to light. She knows the lie has kept the family disjointed but she is sure the truth will destroy it. Set in 1936 rural Kentucky and Northern Ohio, Sister Blackberry is a story about women — friends, sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters, and how their relationships are affected by secrets and lies of the past. When the truth surfaces, these women learn things about themselves and the family matriarch that shake each woman’s idea of who she is and how she fits into the only family she’s ever known.




Author-signed copies of Sister Blackberry and House of Cleaving can be purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. If you cannot go to this location, please e-mail and request an author-signed copy.



A Note to Readers

Just a Short Hiatus ... More Novels to Come

While Growing Up Wilder was my last novel, it will certainly not be my final. I have two outlines just dying to escape from my desk drawer and I often have to apologetically shove them back in when I find they have made it to the surface time and again.

I am currently working toward completing my doctorate degree (I am all but dissertation, folks!) and I am tangled up in research that uses storytelling and social media as a way to increase hope levels for individuals and entire communities.

This research is allowing me to focus on solving a problem within Kentucky's Appalachia - negative stereotypes.

Readers, please be patient. I will return to fiction shortly. Until then, please continue to share Sister Blackberry, House of Cleaving and Growing Up Wilder with your friends and family.

As always, I welcome your notes and messages.