Our Middle Tennessee chapter of Sisters in Crime has been trying to get Mississippi Delta writer, Carolyn Haines, up for a visit for some time. She was a real hit when she met with us here in Nashville six or seven years ago. Travel for Haines is not easy with the twenty-one pets she cares for in her Lucedale, Mississippi home. Besides her responsibility for the many animals, she works as a professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. She also puts out a number of new books on a regular basis including ones under the author name of R.B. Chesterton.
Carolyn Haines decided against coming to Nashville this year, but she surprised us with a nice invitation to visit her world in the Mobile, Alabama area where she teaches. A number of our members could not make the out-of-state trip, but those of us who could jumped at the chance. She worked with the president of the Mobile Writers Guild, Craig Price, and they arranged for us to speak to their group of published authors, readers, and aspiring writers. Here's a picture with Craig Price arriving Monday February 8th at the meeting held at the Somi Club House. More members arrived shortly afterward.
Michelle to the left
Beth, Robert, and me on the right
After the speaking gig, we joined Carolyn Haines and some of her students at Los Arcos Restaurant. Some students left us pieces of their work to critique.
The day before, Sunday, I'd driven to nearby Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I stopped for brunch at the Bayview Gourmet where one of the scenes in my debut novel took place.