March Read of the Month: “Atomic Family” by Ciera Horton McElroy

For a novel that begins by plunging right ahead to its grim ending—a little boy falling from a water tower—Atomic Family (Blair, 2023) still manages to build excruciating suspense by the time the story circles back to the fall. Why did the boy climb the tower? Will he survive the fall? Author Ciera Horton McElroy […]

Donna Meredith interviews Ciera Horton McElroy

Editor Donna Meredith interviews Ciera Horton McElroy, author of Atomic Family, our February Read of the Month. DM: How many years went into the writing of Atomic Family? CHM: I started the novel as a short story collection in 2014 while a sophomore at Wheaton College. The bulk of the novel writing happened during my […]

Debbie Floyd

Debbie Floyd is a native Floridan and one of the first female officers to go through the Jacksonville Police Academy. She has worked as a “campus cop” at the University of North Florida; taught fourth and fifth grade and gifted for nineteen years, earned a Master’s Degree and PhD, and served as Academic Vice President at […]

“Lark Ascending” by Silas House

What with climate change and ineffective, unstable democracies, no wonder many novelists have penned apocalyptic stories in recent years. Renowned Southern author Silas House is the latest to try the genre, crafting a poignant tale, Lark Ascending (Algonquin Books, 2022). The title comes from a George Meredith poem of the same title. The novel’s final […]

Donna Meredith interviews Errol Pierre, Author of “The Way Up: Climbing the Corporate Mountain as a Professional of Color” (Wiley, 2022)

Errol Pierre is the author of “The Way Up: Climbing the Corporate Mountain as a Professional of Color” (Wiley, 2022). He is currently the Senior Vice President of State Programs at Healthfirst Inc., the largest not-for-profit health plan in New York. He manages their Medicaid and Long-Term Care business unit and close to 500 people and […]

February Read of the Month: “The Kudzu Queen” by Mimi Herman

Mimi Herman’s The Kudzu Queen (Regal House, 2023) is the kind of feel-good story we read to escape from stress and trouble. And don’t you just love a novel that not only entertains but also teaches something new? Most of us know kudzu as a noxious weed, but the plant has a surprising history in […]