Searching for Nannie B: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women by Nancy Owen Nelson

How did you know you wanted to be an author? My mother was an English, Latin, and French teacher with a college degree, earned in the 1920s. She imbued me with a respect for language and literature. She wrote also. I was writing poems in my school years, some for an assignment, some just for me.

What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you want to write, you need persistence, a strong and supportive community, and patience.

Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I wish I did. Because I also teach college writing, sometimes the writing comes in between grading student papers. My first serious writing focus, memoir, came after I broke my leg and had to slow down (I don't wish that on anyone).

What message to you want readers to remember?We have a lives to live and voices to be heard. Don't let life pass you by without finding a place for your voice to be read and heard.

How can fans get in contact with you?“Contact” on my web page,