I was thinking this morning that I needed to come up with something to blog about. Honestly, my mind felt like an empty void.

It was more like a mantra running through my brain. Lol.

Then, I posted this picture on my author page and called it “Tuesday Writing Inspiration.”

And it hit me at that moment, that I should explain why I call these pictures inspirational. So I put a little comment.

The comment said that I call these slave pictures inspirational because when I see them, I am reminded of why I write what I do.

I write, what to my mind, should not be forgotten. Not to be dwelled on or pounded into other people’s minds, but a reminder that no man should ever be enslaved to another.

I temper a difficult subject with related but lighter moments. However, I hope the message comes through. It seems to be resonating with readers, and for that I am very grateful.

Slavery was a time when many thought there existed a race of lesser beings. It was one of many sad episodesin the history of this planet, and to be sure, not the last.

I choose it, or rather I felt it choose me, because of my strong connection to black people through my husband and the history of his family, the ancestors who were slaves.

So, I write what moves me, what stirs my senses, what breaks my heart.




Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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