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.

Channeling the Past

The Original Jude Mooney   When I was eight-years-old my father stopped speaking. He’d suffered a stroke and was “lucky,” as the doctors described it, to have the use of his legs.  No, he never really spoke again except for … Continue reading

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Bootleggers, Bookies, and Survivors:

Bootleggers, Bookies, and Survivors:   People have asked me why I wrote a sequel to From Ice Wagon to Club House: The Life of Jude Mooney. Indeed, I’ve asked myself the same question.  The easy answer is that I modeled … Continue reading

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Who Was Viola Russell?

Who was Viola Russell?   I must begin this blog post with a revelation: I am not Viola Russell.  I write as Viola Russell, but the original Viola died in 1979 during my senior year in high school.  She was my … Continue reading

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Reasons to be Thankful

Reasons to be Thankful:   Many of my friends on social media have started listing their reasons to be thankful.  I liked the idea and followed suit. Producing novels as a published author is one of my many blessings.  As … Continue reading

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A Cross Continental Love Story

A Cross Continental Love Story:   I wasn’t sure when the inspiration for today’s blog would hit me.  In fact, I was coming up dry until I realized that this blog would post on John Lennon’s birthday.  Not only was … Continue reading

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Heroism and Courage

Heroism and Courage:   This week, Sen. John McCain died. Journalists, colleagues, friends, and adversaries of the senator have written extensively about his accomplishments.  While I didn’t support him in the 2008 election, I always admired his dedication to country … Continue reading

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Vacation and the Writer’s Mind

Vacation and the Writer’s Mind:   My hubby and I are on vacation in California. We were in gorgeous San Francisco, taking in the sites and enjoying the nightlife.  My husband worked there many years ago, and it’s been great … Continue reading

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