In 2001, I left my nineteen-year practice of law to become a writer. Almost immediately, I fell into a gig at WKNO-FM/NPR for the Mid-South writing and reading commentaries that aired during Morning Edition. This lasted for almost five years.
At the same time, I was publishing short stories, essays, and magazine articles. Paraclete Press published my first book in 2009, Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God. In 2013, I went back to my radio roots and narrated a short story collection, Cain’t Do Nothing with Love. The venture was a surprising success—listeners have downloaded the stories online over 50,000 times worldwide. The collection won the CIPA-EVVY Audio Book Award in Fiction.
The next year, Trident Press published the book I edited of the writings of the Door of Hope Writing Group: Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness.
In 2018, I released my first novel, Tracking Happiness: A Southern Chicken Adventure, in e-book, print, and audiobook. In 2019, I released my Southern mystery, Model for Deception. These gems are available on Amazon.
Summer 2019, my artist friend Marisa Whitsett Baker and I will be doing this wild thing called a special edition hand-sewn novel of the family saga, The Hart Women. You will be able to order it here on the website. Stay tuned.
Lucinda Mae Watkins of Tracking Happiness