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Vera Jane Cook & Olivia Hardy Ray

Inspired By History

I have been in love with literature for so long, in love with writers that bring music and mood to the written word. That is what gave birth to Olivia, I’m sure. It is just something about the Victorian Age that mesmerized me with all that atmosphere – fog and mist, tophats and hints of the supernatural.

My own southern history inspired me to write southern fiction but always being a Yankee at heart. My old country houses under Birch and Willow trees were the inspiration for my women’s fiction. The theater, of course, inspired my novel, Faith Among Friends and At the End of a Whisper, which will be published soon. I think we find what inspires us in life and then we absorb it, internalize it and are held captive by it forever.

Award Winning

Southern Fiction Novels

I am an award-winning hybrid author of southern and women’s Fiction The first novel I ever wrote, Dancing Backward In Paradise, won an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and an Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater and Dancing Backward in Paradise received 5 Star ForeWord Clarion Reviews and The Story of Sassy Sweetwater was named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. I have published in ESL Magazine, Christopher Street Magazine and I have also written early childhood curriculum for Weekly Reader and McGraw Hill.
Eric Hoffer
Award
5 Star Foreword
Clarion Reviews
Finalist for the Foreword
Book of the Year Award

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Book Reviews, film and television reviews, food and wine and general musings from within……

Chatter Creek Cottage: By the Fire

There is nothing like doing nothing by a fire. Well, not exactly nothing, sipping wine and eating Brie on a fig and olives marinated in garlic and lemon. I never think of much of anything at all in front of the fire. The fire captures me and I stare at it,

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Stillness

I want to hear wind and the rustle of leaves. I don’t want the sun but rather the greyness of rain. I want to hear my thoughts and the sound of my tires on asphalt and the distant laughter of children. I want the time and the silence to remember who

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What Will I Find?

When I was a child I loved the mysteriously dangerous. I think I’ve lived my life mysteriously and dangerously. Well, those days are over. Following these macabre and lonely railroad tacks was a walk I would have taken back then. I wouldn’t bother to take that walk now though. Now I

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