Updates & News: February 8, 2020
Sunlit Festival is coming: April 2020! Stay tuned for dates and additional info.
I've been very fortunate to enjoy a Professional Leave (sabbatical) thanks to my wonderful employer, Ringling College of Art + Design. I'm working on a series of novels about a multi-generational St. Pete family between 1888-present. I spent spring semester 2019 reading and researching St. Pete history from the 1860s - 1920s. The map to the right is from late 1882. Notice how what is now downtown St. Petersburg had a fairly unbroken coastline, but that Coffee Pot Bayou and Booker Creek existed and had been named. My characters settle in the late 1880s in Big Bayou/Driftwood. This was Pinellas Village and people came here before founding St. Petersburg as we know it today. #stpetetrilogy
As of June 2019, I'm on the Board of Directors of Keep St. Pete Lit, a 501(c)3 devoted to "celebrating and promoting greater St. Petersburg's literary community." Click on the linkto learn more about this wonderful organization and its offerings to readers, writers, and students of all ages!