So … why did this Southern Story Lady decide to create her own “storybook”? You will find the answer to that question in my Introduction to Views from an Empty Nest:
When a woman enters her seventies, it’s time to quit talking about what she’s going to do and get on with it—either fish or cut bait, as the old saying goes. I’ve been writing my stories, essays, and memoirs for awhile now. If I want to deliver them to my children and grandchildren before I’m gone, now’s the time to pull them into a book. Of course, I hope a few others will enjoy these tales too—especially friends and fellow writers who have encouraged me in this pursuit.
Views from an Empty Nest: Award-winning Tales Written after Fifty includes what I consider a cross-section of my best work. After our children left home, writing became a favorite pastime. However, most pieces in this collection are products of my retirement years in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Here I have enjoyed active membership in the Village Writers’ Club, and my critique group partners have helped me hone my skills. It’s been fun to win writing awards along the way as well.
For the most part, these stories are clean, adult tales. However, with apologies to family and members of my church at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, I do reserve the right to use a curse word at times, if that’s what a character would say. And a few stories deal with what I call “gritty” subjects. I hope my readers will understand and accept these pieces as reflections of life.
Mostly, I hope my five grandchildren and their children will look back one day and think it cool that their Maddie penned a book.