The climate described in the early chapters of Back to Dixie is strikingly similar to today’s America. In fact, the book mirrored our reality up until early 2021 when the first draft was completed. Consequently, the characters in Back to Dixie also experienced the rash of civil rights offenses and the meaningless deaths of so… Continue reading How systemic racism was addressed in the book
In this video, I share my inspiration for writing Back to Dixie, after almost thirty years. I also talk about the experience I hope readers have.
Race, politics, and religion. As a young corporate worker in the 90’s, I learned early on to steer clear from those subjects at work—very little could be gained, while risks were high. Because many people have strong opinions on these topics, it was easy for casual discussions to escalate into full blown arguments. Many avoided… Continue reading Can we talk RACE?
In this excerpt, Sheila decides to register for Workfare instead of heeding the warnings of her son, Michael.