Simply Ordinary People

(Large photo) Margaret “Mom” Rumley (right), her daughter Shirley Broome, and author at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, Greensboro, North Carolina. (Small photo) Lady Orchid peonies. In fall 1970 I leaned forward at my desk, listening to University of Virginia creative writing professor John Coleman read the opening lines of the title story of Sherwood […]

New Family Member

Elly Mae became a Howell family member on February 17, 2016, when my wife Mary Leigh signed her adoption papers from the Merit Pit Bull Foundation. We’d been fostering her for a little over a year. She’s a pretty girl, with her blue coat and white markings. People often admired her at the adoption events […]


  At a book signing at Park Road Books in Charlotte, North Carolina, a photographer from southern Florida sat in on the reading. He bought a copy of Forsaken. After I autographed his book, we chatted. He told me he specialized in historical photography and was making pictures of sites and artifacts along the Underground […]