Author Archives: elizabethcarden

About elizabethcarden

A wife, mom and writer of historical fiction (but sadly, not of thank you notes).

Taking Long Looks

People without hope not only don’t write novels…they don’t read them. They don’t take long looks at anything. —Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners I detest most games, especially board (or is it bored?) games. Even as a child, as the … Continue reading

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My Mom, the Storyteller

Most writers seem to come from families of voracious readers. I am not one of those writers. Unlike me, my mother would much prefer a good Masterpiece Theater or some witty conversation to reading a book. In fact, she has … Continue reading

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The Power of a Good Book

Trisha Yearwood had a hit a few years back, “The Song Remembers When.” Music has the power to place you back in a certain time in a unique way. Perhaps it’s just me, but I find that to be true … Continue reading

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Of bird nests and writing . . .

Spring is an enchanted season: buds just waiting to burst, chilly mornings that give way to gentle, warm afternoons, limbs that were brown and bare a minute ago suddenly sport a tinge of green. It is all so expectant and … Continue reading

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When a Picture is Worth a Thousand (800) Words . . .

I am always fascinated by the first moment of inspiration–when that spark, even if it is only a glint in the periphery, makes itself known. It may take only a moment to be acknowledged and acted upon, or it might … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Milledgeville Part II

In true Flannery O’Connor fashion, the road to her family home is not a straight one. I can’t help but think she gets a good laugh each time one of her devotees ends up at the non-descript Milledgeville Mall, which … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Milledgeville Part I

God bless my sweet husband. I realize that going two hours out of the way on a 14-hour car trip with children is asking a bit much. And that this particular detour was to an out-of-the-way old farm house in … Continue reading

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