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Opal, by Diane Thomas-Plunk, is a collection of related short stories set in 1950s rural Mississippi. Opal is a middle-aged, reclusive spinster who doesn’t seek out the world at large, but gathers up her courage when she must.

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Decisions

Challenges can come in threes, leaving a young mother-to-be to make difficult decisions

           Annabel stood in the spare room, cluttered with boxes and assorted junk, and struggled r inspiration. She needed to transform the mess into a snuggly nursery. She absent-mindedly stroked her burgeoning baby bump. The monotone of CNN was white noise in the background – that is, until the key words blared clearly: Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan; shooting; Afghan police trainees fire on Americans; two Marine instructors down, mortally wounded; walking wounded Marines rounding up the trainees; all names withheld pending family notifications. …

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Mother

There she is again,
As always when I least expect her.
In the storefront window
As I look at my reflection.
In the mirror when I check my hair
And sometimes she looks back.
I see that she’s getting gray.
She looks at me through a misty windowpane
And holds my gaze.
When did I become her?
When did the child become mine?
Where did I go when I became my mother?

Author Interview

My short story, Decisions, is included in the anthology of Southern writers titled ‘What Would Elvis Think?’ Here is my author interview related to promotion for that book.

What Would Elvis Think?
Mississippi Stories

Diane Thomas-Plunk
“Decisions”

Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t have a single favorite author. I like short story writers Ellen Gilchrist and Alice Munro. Of course, Truman Capote and Harper Lee. I also enjoy John Grisham and Dean Koontz. I love variety.
Why do you write?
I write because I must. I always have — since my first short story in third grade – Tanya & Lanya, the jungle girls. Really. I’ve written in a multitude of forms throughout my life. It’s who I am.
What is the story behind your story in the book?
I wanted to write something current, and I was horrified by Afghan trainees turning their weapons on their American military instructors. Terrible for a young pregnant wife turned widow to endure. But what if another crisis is layered on top of that? That’s when you have Decisions.

 

 

Warren County & More

While I’m waiting for galleys on Warren County Days to come in for my read, I’m industriously working on my THIRD — yes, third — book, Mothers & Daughters. This collection will be about — you guessed it — mothers and daughters throughout the years. The one I completed this weekend is called The Family Pratt where, for the first time, you’ll get Momma Pratt’s back story. You’ll just have to wait until next year.
Happy Monday!

Going to Vicksburg

I’m headed to Opal country — Vicksburg, MS — on Sunday, March 18, to visit with a book club about Opal, my collection of related short stories. If you’re in the area, come on over. The Opal discussion will take place this Sunday, 5:30 p.m., at Cottonwood Public House, 1311 Washington St. in Vicksburg. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. Lorelei Books, of Vicksburg, arranged the event.

Mother

Mother

 

There she is again,
As always when I least expect her.
In the storefront window
As I look at my reflection.
In the mirror when I check my hair
And sometimes she looks back
And I see she’s getting gray.
She looks at me through a misty windowpane
And holds my gaze.
When did I become her?
When did the child become mine?
Where did I go when I became my mother?