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In the wee hours of the morning twenty years ago, my restless baby boy and I plopped down at my desktop. There, bolstered by a few chocolate chip cookies, I started writing about Granny B and her life in the fictional town of Spring Hope, North Carolina. The time, place, and people sprang from the stories I heard at my grandmas’ kitchen tables where I learned what happened if I touched my Kool-Aid before finishing dinner, not to sweep someone’s feet, how to make cornbread taste like pound cake, and the all-purpose uses of Vaseline. Their faith, life lessons, and life’s longings shaped my parents and inspired me to write novels illustrating man’s timeless love affair with God. And if you need to know how Jesus’ love pursues me even as I stand at the kitchen sink, bake chicken casserole, and homeschool my children, follow my blog, Mommy, Concentrated, or sign up for my newsletter. So, consider yourself at home. Stay a while!
Blessings! Robin God centered, Family focused
Welcome, Friends
In the wee hours of the morning nearly twenty years ago, my restless baby boy and I plopped down at my desktop. There, inspired by my family history and bolstered by a few chocolate chip cookies, I started writing about Granny B and her life in Spring Hope, North Carolina. Now, at the time, I didn’t know this town was a real dot on the map. The time, place, and people in my fictional world just sprang from the stories I heard when I visited my grandmas. At their kitchen tables I learned what happened if I touched my Kool-aid before I finished my dinner, not to sweep someone’s feet, how to make cornbread taste like pound cake, and the all-purpose uses of Vaseline. They also showed me how God’s power and grace led them to care for their large families after their husbands were long gone, rearing children who became business owners, college graduates, ministers, parents, and grandparents themselves. Their faith and those superstitions, life lessons, and life’s longings all worked together to shape my parents. They also inspired me to write A Long Time Comin’, my debut fiction novel that illustrates man’s timeless love affair with God. And if you need to know how Jesus’ love pursues me even as I stand at the kitchen sink, bake chicken casserole, and homeschool my children, follow my blog, Mommy, Concentrated, or sign up for my newsletter. So, consider yourself at home. Stay a while!
Blessings! Robin God centered, Family focused
A Long Time Comin’
To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, they’d best take it up with Jesus. There’s no room in Granny B’s house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks.

Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice’s doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother’s heart and home inside out. Evelyn’s meddling uncovers a tucked-away box of old letters, forcing the two women to wrestle with their past and present pain as they confront the truth Beatrice has worked a lifetime to hide.

ABOUT Me

Though we’ve lived up and down the East Coast, Hubby and I sprouted from Southern soil and will always be rooted in North Carolina. The South flavors our faith, our family, and my fiction—not to mention my food. Since I started my editorial career more than twenty years ago, we’ve added seven not-so little people to our happy homeschooling family.

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COMING February 2021

New Release
by Tyndale House Publishers
‘Til I Want No More

If Maxine could put her finger on the moment when her life went into a tailspin, she would point back twenty years to the day her daddy died. She tells herself he’s the only person who ever really knew and loved her, and if he hadn’t left her behind, her future would’ve taken a different path. No absentee mother, no stepfather, no rebellious ripping and running during her teenage years. And no JD, who gave her wandering young heart a home, at least for a time.

But that’s over and done with. All grown-up now, Maxine has pledged her heart and ring finger to Theodore Charles, the man she’ll promise to love, honor, and obey in front of God and everybody. At least that’s what she’s telling anybody who will listen. The only folks buying it are the dog and the readers of her column, however. Her best friend and family aren’t having it―not even Celeste, the double bass–playing thirteen-year-old the community of Mount Laurel, North Carolina, believes is Maxine’s adopted sister. And apparently, neither is the newly returned JD, who seems intent on toppling Maxine’s reconstructed life. As her wedding day marches ever closer, Maxine confronts what it means to be really known and loved by examining what’s buried in her own heart and exposing truth that has never seen the light of day.

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