Author Archives: viola62

About viola62

I am a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Orleans with my loving husband and write historical fiction, mysteries, and contemporary romance. New Orleans is frequently a character in the book, but I also traverse continents in my quest to bring my characters to life.

Teaching in the Brave New World

In August, I returned to my teaching job for the first time since we went into lockdown in March.  The atmosphere is very different from the school culture I left in March.  Our school is now “hybrid,” which means some of our … Continue reading

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Quarantine and German Class

Quarantine and German Class:   When the pandemic resulted in lockdown, I still had lots to do.  I have two WsIP that are equally absorbing and challenging.  My husband and I decided to complete some minor renovations on our house … Continue reading

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The Danger of  Isolation and “The Other.”

The Danger of  Isolation and “The Other.”   Life has been pretty bleak since March.  The whole world has lived in isolation with only those nearest and dearest.  This experience has proved positive and negative. Luckily, I love my hubby; … Continue reading

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Uncertainty in a Time of Plague

Uncertain Times:   Around the world, we find ourselves in uncertain times.  COVID-19 has created a dangerous and brave new world of sorts.  I live in Louisiana, hurricane country.  We are familiar with nature playing dirty tricks on us and … Continue reading

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The Crawfish Search: My mother’s crawfish stew

The Crawfish Search: My mother’s crawfish stew   Quarantine has made many of us in Louisiana change the way we eat and how we celebrate.  In spring, we have crawfish boils and socialize with family and friends. We watch sporting … Continue reading

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The Letter that Inspired Love at War

I’m not sure this blog posted in January, so I wanted to re-post. I think th portions of the letter are quite moving.   The Letter That Inspired Love at War:     I don’t like to think of myself … Continue reading

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Keeping Up and Reducing Clutter

I’m not sure my last blog post made it to publication, so I’m publishing one a little early! Keeping Up and Reducing Clutter:   I have a stressful job, a fulltime husband, and a challenging writing career. Lately, my life … Continue reading

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Losing and Finding Love

Losing and Finding Love:   I wasn’t sure where I’d begin or what I’d say on this blog today.  As some of you know, I am a teacher by day, and this semester was especially brutal. I fell behind in … Continue reading

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Spaghetti and Meatballs and Love at War

Spaghetti and Meatballs and Love at War:   I first wrote my historical romance Love at War shortly after my mother’s death.  I’d read the letters her brother Russell had sent home to his parents and to his wife Vivian.  … Continue reading

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The Goddess of Spinning

The Goddess of Spinning:   I live with stress! I have a full-time job as a public school teacher, a full-time husband who craves my affection (we are very compatible physically and emotionally), and a thriving writing career that keeps … Continue reading

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