Posted by: karensimpson | April 12, 2010

Word by Word

I am a quilter who is now about to becoming a published author. My first novel, tentatively titled Act of Grace, will be published by Plenary Publishing in February 2011.

Writing fiction, I have found, is a lot like quilting. You stitch thousands of words together to create an intricate pattern of theme, plot and characterization. Then, one by one, you layer all the pages, one on top to the others, to produce what you hope will be an interesting and powerful work.

It is my hope that this blog will become a place to converse about  all the thing I’m passionate about, be it the craft of writing,  books, African American history/culture, the quilting arts , culinary history or horses.

Some things about me:

I’ve taught African American quilting for over twenty years. I hold a Master’s in Historic Preservation and as a historian, I help museums and other historical institutions design exhibits that deal with issues of racial and cultural diversity. I am a foodie and own way to many cookbooks. I love horses and horse racing. Last, but not least, I’m owned by a five-pound shiztu-yorkie mix named Nyla, who only keeps me around because I have thumbs and can open her cans of food:)

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  1. Interesting piece of writing. Thank you for posting

  2. Karen,
    I am so proud of you! and look forward to reading your book.

  3. Karen,
    You are an amazing writer, historian and person. I am so proud of you and blessed that God picked me to be your little sister. Keep writing it is in your soul.

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