“Bayou Cresting: The Wanting Women of Huet Pointe,” by Jodie Cain Smith

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Rodgers When Alabama author Jodie Cain Smith made her debut as a novelist a few years back with her haunting novel, The Woods at Barlow Bend, I knew Smith was an author to watch. Impressed by her ability to gain reader empathy and craft historic fiction that drew me right in, […]

“Far Beyond the Gates,” by Philip Lee Williams

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Rodgers Can a story save us? Do the stories we tell ourselves and others shape and define us? Can we ever break out of those stories to get to the truth, the truth behind secrets that have the capacity to both hurt and heal us when they’re finally revealed? In Far […]

Kathleen M. Rodgers

Kathleen M. Rodgers is a novelist and has penned numerous articles for Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. She is a 2021 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Contemporary Fiction for her fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks. She was a 2020 MWSA Writer of the Year Finalist and received the 2020 MWSA Founder’s Award for her […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Kathleen M. Rodgers, Author of “The Flying Cutterbucks”

AM:  I hope you are safe and well during this coronavirus pandemic, Kathleen.  I just want to give our readers some context for this interview in light of the rapidly evolving circumstances. Right now it’s March 2020, and we’re locked down and confined in the home because of COVID-19. But by the time this interview […]

February Read of the Month: “Gradle Bird,” by J.C. Sasser

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Rodgers  Can a savior come in the form of a sixteen-year-old girl in a green prom dress and cat-eyed glasses? A phenomenal debut novel by gifted storyteller J. C. Sasser, Gradle Bird flips southern gothic fiction on its head and turns ghosts stories inside out. Forget everything you thought you knew […]

Kathleen M. Rodgers

Kathleen M. Rodgers’s stories and essays have appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Military Times, and in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press / Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. In 2014, Rodgers was named a Distinguished Alumna of Tarrant County College / NE Campus. Three of her aviation poems […]

“Seven Wings to Glory,” by Kathleen M. Rodgers

Reviewed by Johnnie Bernhard Texas author Kathleen M. Rodgers weaves a tale of heartache and triumph for the multigenerational residents of Portion, Texas, in the masterful Seven Wings to Glory. Portion is a place where the past is the key to the present and strangers become family.  With empathy and a true sense of place, […]