New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Welcome, Readers!

I greatly appreciate your interest in my work, and I love hearing from you. It's hard to believe we've shared FOUR novels together. What a fabulous journey it has been!

I’m very excited to announce the release of my first collaborative work of creative non-fiction, CRESCENDO, co-authored with Allen Cheney. I hope you’ll enjoy this inspirational story based on the lives of Fred and Winnie Allen as well as the incredible people (and music) of Thomasville, Georgia.


In the meantime, thank you for reading Into the Free, When Mountains Move, The Feathered Bone, and Perennials, as well as Second Bloom and Southern Writers on Writing.

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When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, they discover unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.

A stark exploration of the idea that home might not be the place it seems, Perennials is the perfect literary escape to cozy up with this fall.
— REDBOOK Magazine (20 Books by Women You Have to Read This Fall)
When Lovey is enlisted to help her father create a memory garden for her parents’ 50th anniversary, she learns about herself, her roots, her mother’s perennial garden, and the importance of family bonds that can never be broken.
— SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE (Books Coming Out in the Fall That We Can't Wait to Read)