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.

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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Summer Vacation, Hurricane Hunting and Romance:

Summer Vacation, Hurricane Hunting and Romance:   My hubby and I have taken some spectacular vacations together.  We have cruised to Alaska, spent glorious times in Seattle, honeymooned in Jamaica at Christmas, toured Boston as well as its environs, caught … Continue reading

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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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