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.

Christmas at the Chinese Buffet and the Bowling Alley:

Christmas at the Chinese Buffet and the Bowling Alley: Christmas in New Orleans often does not look like the type featured in Hallmark movies. In fact, it is often extremely hot in our part of the state during the holiday … Continue reading

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Interview with Jude Mooney 

Interview with Jude Mooney  by Viola Russell When I first began writing From Ice Wagon to Club House, I had no intention of writing a series; however, the Mooney family invaded my consciousness in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Jude and … Continue reading

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Writing in a Stress-Filled World:

Writing in a Stress-Filled World: In the last few months, I have been trying desperately to finish a manuscript I’ve worked on for some time. This new WIP has proven a challenge; the story does not take place within an … Continue reading

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Crawfish Stew for the Soul:

Crawfish Stew for the Soul: Something we love in Louisiana is the mudbug, aka the crawfish. We make a dish of them in many ways, and my mother loved to make what she called “crawfish stew.” Not, etouffee, that’s different! … Continue reading

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Jude Mooney: Man and Legend

I’m re-posting this because I think it had disappeared into cyberspace last month! Sorry if there was no post: Jude Mooney: Man and Legend The character of Jude Mooney appears in several of my novels. In From Ice Wagon to Club … Continue reading

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Jude Mooney: Man and Legend

Jude Mooney: Man and Legend The character of Jude Mooney appears in several of my novels. In From Ice Wagon to Club House, Jude works in Storyville as a young man, drives an ice wagon, fights in WWI, and bootlegs during … Continue reading

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Independence Day

Independence Day:             Ironically, I am writing this post on an Independence Day when rights for so many have been curtailed and even more rights are threatened by rumored rulings. On this day, those of us who are American reflect (or … Continue reading

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Spring, Festivals, and the New Normal:

Spring, Festivals, and the New Normal: My husband and I love our Louisiana festivals. COVID robbed us of our festival-going for two years, and we hailed the return of Jazz Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and Greek Fest. We munched on Louisiana … Continue reading

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Sunday was Mother’s Day. I always think about my mother on Mother’s Day, but this year is especially poignant. Since my mother’s death, my husband and I have rented her house. We have made changes and/or renovated after each tenant … Continue reading

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What Makes a Hero?

What Makes a Hero?  In romance, we use the word “hero” loosely. Often, the hero is the swashbuckling, handsome man who sweeps the damsel off her feet and leads her into a life of “happily ever after.” Most of these … Continue reading

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