Hi sweet readers. My African violets are blooming like crazy right now. I’ve nurtured these plants for decades, carrying them to all the different places I’ve lived.
I often put objects from my personal life in my novels. I even named one of the main characters in Temple Secrets, Violet. In Gullah Secrets she buys a tea shop in Savannah and puts dozens of violets in the front window.
If you’ve read those stories, now you know that I’ve been secretly sending you violets, from my home to yours. xo ♥️
How beautiful! So good to hear from you.
Thanks, Geri. I am alive and well and writing my heart out. I hope all is well with you. xo
Beautuful violets. Since you do so well with these have you ever tried orchids? You treat them pretty much the same as violets. Water, light, watering from the bottom, no wet crowns, indirect light etc.
Can’t wait to hear news of the next book!
The violets are beautiful. I could never grow them.
My mother in law had a sunroom at her home. She had lots of violets on the Window sills. I always enjoyed seeing them. Your comment made me think of her and her love of violets.
How very lovely to learn of your interest in African violets, and that you included them in your book, Temple Secrets. It’s been quite a while since I read that series and I had forgotten about them, but it’s nice to learn something about you. Thank you for the messages you send out. They are always interesting to read and like this one sometimes a window into your life.
Be well, and stay safe this year.
WOW, it was so nice to hear from you after all this time and to know that you are okay and still working on a book.
Hi Wanda. Happy New Year! I hope all is well at your house. Yes, I’m working away on the next book, and suddenly realized that I hadn’t posted anything in a while. Time seems to be galloping along these days. Take good care of yourself. xo
Hi Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed my post about my violets. I forget sometimes that my readers may want a window into my life, because to me my life is quite ordinary. But I will try to do that more. Thanks so much for your thoughts! xo
Hi Elizabeth. It seems everyone knows someone who had violets. Moms, grandmothers, mother-in-laws….For me it was my favorite aunt who always had violets in her front window. Mine make me think of her. Stay safe. Take good care. xo
Thanks for your comment, Noris. There are plants I can’t grow, either, but violets I seem to have good luck with. Take care! xo
Hi Betty. Great to hear from you. I do have orchids, but I don’t seem to have much luck with them. I can’t seem to get them to rebloom. (I am open to suggestions.) I have found it harder to write during a global pandemic and all the other stuff going on in the world, but I’m chugging along with the book, slowing but surely.
Your violets are beautiful! I have always had violets, well not always, but for the last 47 years they have graced my home. I re-homed one or two here and there…some left this earth to search for another place to thrive, unfortunately. I now am down to one which I propagated from one of those plants that left this earth 🙂 Since moving to NC, this lovely African violet refuses to flower. I check on her daily asking her to show off her pretty flowers – that doesn’t help,it only makes my husband look at me with a question on his face (has she gone daft?!). Envision your thoughts and put them down on paper, leave the troubles of the world behind. I am not an author so its easy for me to say.
Hi Joyce. I have heard that violets live for 50 years. I didn’t know they had a cut-off date–no pun intended. Thanks for your advice. I work at letting go of the troubles of the world daily. Take good care. Thanks so much for commenting! xo
It is wonderful to hear from you, and your violets are beautiful! I have a fair number of green growies in our house; actually I love being surrounded by these living plants. Occasionally one will send up a flower much to my delight. In the summer, they live on the deck. It’s as if I send them all off to summer camp. Write on; I pray the worst is behind us.
Well I guess I am reading your books backwards I just finished gullah secrets and now reading temple secrets !I say reading but I am listening to them on audible love them and I also have wildflower too
Hi Debbie. I am thrilled that you are listening to my books on audible. You can listen in any order you want as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully they will all make sense in the end. I think Holly Adams does a great job with the narration. Take good care. 🙂 xo
In the summer, most of my plants live on the deck, too, Barb. Not the violets, but several other green growies. I like the thought of sending them off to summer camp. 🙂 I pray the worst is behind us, too. In the meantime, stay safe and stay strong. xo
When is your next book after Gullah Secrets
Hi Carolyn. Tea Leaf Secrets, the new book should be out next month. Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for your question. I will be announcing it here on my blog, in my newsletter, and on my facebook author page. xo