Comfort Reading

The first cold snap and the first cold virus have taken hold in our house, calling for desperate measures.  I burrow through the drawer stuffed with medications that I buy but seldom use and find the oddly comforting Chinese herbal syrup “Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa.”  Once mixed with hot water, this drink has some […]

The Many Hats of Elizabeth Anderson, Part 2

Continued from Part 1 An outgrowth of Elizabeth’s writing group is her work as a freelance editor. Picture her next wearing an accountant’s green eyeshades, reading my manuscript, and scribbling notes in the margin. I asked her what she looks for when she considers taking on a new project. “The primary thing I look for […]

The Many Hats of Elizabeth Anderson, Part 1

Bookseller, Executive Director of Charis Circle, Writing Group Facilitator, Freelance Editor, Novelist, Softball Player, House Remodeler, Cook, Dog Mama.   Sometimes I imagine Elizabeth Anderson as one of those Indian women who walk with perfect grace while balancing great jars of grain, or in this case hats, on their heads. Or a character out of Dr. […]

From Journalist to Novelist

Plenty of journalists have successfully made the change from journalism to fiction writing, from Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway to, more recently, Jennifer Weiner and local Atlanta writer (and former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter) Kathy Hogan Trochek. Margaret Mitchell was a reporter for the AJC, too. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be […]