Story ideas practically fall out of the cypress trees in my home state of Louisiana.
Our patch of land — where the USA meets the Gulf of Mexico — is filled with bayous
and boudin, magnolias and meat pies, folks who care about faith, family and having
I love living in Louisiana — and I love writing about it.
Each of my novels is set in a fictional Louisiana town and draws on big-hearted people
and small-town charm. Drive South on La.1 or cut across the Atchafalaya Basin on
I-10, and you'll see in an instant the unique and wonderful essence of Louisiana.
The names on the map only hint at the texture of this place I've lived for most of
Residents are full of personality, people who persevere through hard times and party
during good times. Quirky and compassionate, residents approach life with down-to-earth
good humor and are great storytellers, fine inspiration for characters we care about.
Down here, folks farm cotton and crawfish, sugar cane and catfish. History-drenched,
Louisiana has layers of old-world texture and community charm. You're apt to see
a pirogue on a lake while a bass boat blasts by, and you’re bound to see four-wheelers
in the back of pickups, no matter what the season.
The food, as rumored, is the best in the country, menus offering beignets and etoufee,
red beans and rice and bread pudding, gumbo and jambalaya. And that's just the start
of it ...
Louisianans take their seasons seriously--summer, which lasts six months in all of
its hot, humid glory; hurricane season, which keeps the coast watching the weather;
Mardi Gras, a medley of beads, balls, King Cake and parades; and, of course, football
and hunting seasons.
In Louisiana, we have a word for that little something extra in life — lagniappe.
That’s what I hope my stories bring to readers — a little something extra.
Suggested Headline: My newest novel, Sweet Olive, published by Zondervan/HarperCollins
Christian Publishing, first in the new Trumpet & Vine Series
“Sweet Olive” is about what happens when a unique Southern town collides with the
outside world and big oil. Oil-and-gas negotiator Camille Gardner must entice a group
of rural landowners to sell their mineral rights and, instead, finds herself drawn
to the folk art created by those same landowners.
Coming Fall 2014: In “Magnolia Market,” the second novel in the Trumpet & Vine Series,
Avery Broussard’s life is falling apart when she takes over a rundown corner store
and begins to shake things up.
The Green series of novels
My five-part Green series of novels, including “Gone to Green,” show what happens
when a big-city journalist winds up running the newspaper in the fictional Louisiana
town of Green. She changes the town, and the town changes hers.
“Wreath” is a Young Adult novel about
16-year-old Wreath Willis, who lives in a Central Louisiana junkyard after her mother
dies. Wreath will do anything to graduate from high school — and I hope she finds
a home in your heart.
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