Set between 1950 and 1980, each vignette stares at an individual in the southern landscape. Old Leroy Jackson’s passion leads him to unexpected insight when he enters a coon hunting contest with a boy and runt hound in “Last Love.” Annually, a gathering of women and girls bake “More Than Fruitcake” for the holidays and pass on a tradition that holds dear the good and weak. Lester Groh, “The Stooper,” lives along racing’s underbelly. Billman and Sissy make a choice “The Day the Snake got Killed” and learn about the ripple effect of actions. “The Fig Trees” touches the ripeness and desire of a mother and her woman friend—and her own daughter. Sarah lives in her sister’s shadow in “The Cane Grinding” until she realizes the power of choice. Lisa Dell’s river baptism washes away her innocence and gives her independence in the title story, “Washed in the Water.”You can find Washed in the Water at Amazon, Pen-L Publishing, Nightbird Books, That Bookstore in Blytheville, Terra Studios, and through independent booksellers across the country.
|“The Bull and the Kitten,” Seven Hills Review 2015, looks eyeball-to-eyeball at the meaning of endurance. Available through Amazon.com.|
|Set in Palo Duro Canyon of Texas, “A Matter of Respect” is a tale of racism and injustice. Look for Rough Country Volume 1 at High Hill Press .|
|Does a tree have soul? Perhaps. Read “The White Oak’s Tale” in The Best of Frontier Tales, Volume 1 at Pen-L Publishing and Amazon|
|First published in Echoes of the Ozarks VI by High Hill Press, my short story, “The Cane Grinding,” is a coming of age tale.|
|Cactus Country Volume 1 is an anthology of 39 tales including “Racing the Kentucky Mare” available from High Hill Press.|