Equal parts sweet tea and cold beer.

That’s me — some combination of Deep South values (family, faith and football) and Floridian Lifestyle (laid back, sun-loving and unique).

I was born and raised in St. Augustine, a surfers-and-artists type community on the north Atlantic coast of Florida. Not until I moved to Tallahassee for college did I realize how fortunate I was to grow up in such a gorgeous, unique town! I honestly thought every city had Christmas and Easter parades where families like mine dressed up as clowns.

I still can’t believe this doesn’t happen everywhere. Y’all are missing out!

My mom, sister, and dad after the St. Augustine Easter parade one year. I’m the kid on the trike going “Who the hell are these people?”

But while St. Augustine is my physical home (and has been for almost thirty years), my heart resides year-round on the kudzu-lined clay roads of Alabama.

On all the major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and 4th of July) my family can be found in Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa or my mama’s hometown of Wetumpka (go ahead and find that one on the map, I’ll wait).

Our family homestead on Lake Martin fondly referred to as “BoGaHo”

From our little cottage on Lake Martin (may it rest in peace forever) to my great-grandparents’ farm on Route One in Titus, through my family in Alabama I came to know everything that it means to be Southern (the good, the bad and the ugly).

Somehow this led to a hybrid of both cultures — sand and clay, beach and lake, family and friends — that makes me who I am.

More importantly, both have inspired (and continue to inspire) my writing.

Other things you should know about me include (but are not limited to):

  • I am obsessed (OBSESSED) with all things Florida State Seminoles.
  • I’ve never met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like.
  • I love dogs — especially my terrier mix, Bucky.
  • I’m the author half of the Duolit team — a marketing¬†consulting company for authors
  • I will correct your grammar if you misuse good/well or say “I could care less” when you REALLY mean you could NOT care less.
  • I have major celebrity crushes on David Cook, Seth Meyers and Aaron Rodgers (not necessarily in that order)
  • I had braces for seven years (!!!) from age 8 to age 15 (and my teeth are STILL crooked).
  • I have a great family who loves and supports me through everything I do and for that I ¬†am eternally grateful!

ROGUES GALLERY

My Grandma Grace used to refer to our wall of family portraits as the “Rogues Gallery” (I thought that was a compliment until I was old enough to look up the definition…Grandma Grace always had a great sense of humor).