Daydreaming was easy
Growing up three blocks from the Chesapeake Bay meant big family meals and walks on the beach with my sister and brothers. It meant talking about the way things were and the way things should be. I heard stories of when the bay was so clear my sister could see the bottom. When piles of oyster shells were so high my brothers could play “King of the Hill.” When fish were so plentiful they’d jump in my dad’s rowboat.
These fish were caught off the coast of Wilmington, NC, in the mid 1970’s. If you go to your local seafood market, you won’t find anything that size on sale anymore.
I was an environmentalist long before I began my writing career. In high school, I campaigned against the cruel Canadian seal hunt. Over the years, I’ve volunteered for many environmental organizations. I’ve done everything from pulling trash out of rivers to going undercover for an animal welfare group. Now, I’m an active member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program.
“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” William Shakespeare
My favorite books teach me something as they entertain me. Pacific Whaling with Captain Ahab or African Politics with Orleanna Price, I want breathtaking stories with complex characters. But I want something more. I want moral dilemmas that stays with me for a long time.
That’s why I wrote KINGSLEY. I want to write memorable, complex stories, just like Herman Melville and Barbara Kingsolver. I want to turn my one voice for the environment into many.
I’m is a founding member of BACCA Literary
I’ve presented at the 2013 and 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book and at the Virginia Writers Club 2015 Writers Symposium
BACCA literary: Carolyn O’Neal, Bethany Carlson, Claire Cameron, and Anne Carley
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