This blog will be a place to discuss all my multitude of interests, be it the craft of writing, history, books, the quilting arts, cooking or horses.

I am a quilter who is now about to becoming an 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, to produce what you hope will be an interesting  and powerful work.

Some other 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. And last, but not least, I am 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.

Do you have questions ? Leave a comment or shoot me a note at klsimpson0@mac.com.

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