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.
The sequel to Opal is nearly complete and will be out in the spring. The title of the new book is Warren County Days – Short Stories of Opal Pratt. You’ll run into characters you previously and meet some new ones. Look for more information here.
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?
One of my stories (not an Opal) will appear in an anthology of Mid-South writers’ work that is scheduled to come out this winter. Also included will be stories from two friends (Linda & Stephanie) in our mutual writers’ group. Another story to be included is from the creator (Daney) of this writers’ group. Her story was submitted posthumously. I love the collection’s title,What Would Elvis Think? I’ll let you know when the book is published and post a link if there’s an online presence. Pretty happy about this one. Very happy to be a part of this with friends.
Check out a replay of Cassie’s Chair. You just might like it.
Here’s a short, short story (not an Opal) that was first published in the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Try it out.
Okay, it’s not really Opal. It’s me talking about Opal and what you’ll find inside the book. She’s too shy to do this. Check this out, and — if you haven’t ordered a book yet (amazon.com) — you’ll probably want to do so.
Don’ know what to buy for Mother’s Day? A copy of Opal would be perfect. It won’t fade like flowers or plump you up like chocolates. Enjoy ;-) Opal is available at Amazon.
MEMPHIS PEEPS — This Saturday, the 28th, I’ll be at the eighth annual Bookstock at the Memphis main library, 3030 Poplar Avenue. Mike & I will be there from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with forty-nine other authors inside the library. In the parking lot will be live music, food trucks, arts & crafts for the kids, and other fun stuff. Also inside will be three keynote author speakers including Emily Yellin. YES, I will have books. If you don’t yet have Opal, this will be a good opportunity. Tell your friends, and come see me.