TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike
Growing up in church, the minister’s daughter, is supposed to mean you are protected. Sometimes, it only means you are accessible to the wrong people.
“At dinnertime she and I would stand side by side in the kitchen. He would walk in the back door, both of us turning to see this giant in our lives, holding both of us prisoner with the bigness of him being a man and us being only women. No words, only a nodding of his head, a walking away from us to other rooms filled with silence that killed and feelings left unspoken, unnamed. And he would pray that same prayer every night – calling on God to bind the devil, keep him out our house, our lives. The devil – keep him out – what a joke. What a laugh. Me and mama . . . we never talked about it. And that silence, it was death to us – kept us dead and always dying. Kept us with no comfort to give; none to take.”
“There’s lot’s of us – folks hurt by parents, uncles, pastors, good every Sunday go to church, jump, shout, and holler church folks. Some even speak in tongues, see visions, feed the poor.”
“Like Corns on My Toes” could be the story of any other girl, in any other church
About the Author:
Writing – not just an art, but a spiritual connection to those you know, those you wish to know, those you create; to . . . whatever and whomever you wish.
When not writing, I knit, watch old movies, read loads of fiction, political satire, and anything that strikes my fancy, and I sing all the time.
Agents interested in my work, Like Corns on My Toes, or who may want to see other things I’ve written, may contact me at: kstafford at live.com (all lowercase letters)
Author’s favorite books:
My All Time Absolute Favorite work of fiction: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
ALL Dickens – since I was 6 – LOVE his work
Absoluely adore Shakespeare
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Jane Austen stories
The Holy Bible – my preference, The King James Version
Anthology of Negro Poetry 1768 – 1949
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Of Mules and Men – Zora Neale Hurston
Jonah’s Gourd Vine – Zora Neale Hurston
Tell My Horse – Zora Neale Hurston
Poetry by Margaret Walker, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Countee Cullen
Agatha Christie Mysteries
Sherlock Holmes – all of the stories
I love your descriptions of the devout and decent Henley. His behavior stands in stark contrast to the behavior of Mr. Sorley and Mae Lou and the Preacher. I’m really impressed at the complexity of the characters you’ve drawn as you share this real-life story. Reverend Donovan, particularly, has tremendous depth.
Taking me from the finding of Marvin’s body to Ernest’s childhood! Shame on you, woman. I’m going to keep reading but will close my review now. This is awesome!!~ Audrey Bennett, Forgiveness Fits
Powerful writing! Great dialogue.~Sue50
This is exceptionally good. I would echo every compliment (others) have showered upon you. I’ve read many novels of the Deep South by James Lee Burke and others and this is right up there. Top level! Six stars.
Camac Johnson, Hemingway Quest
Love always transforms the demons.
It is surely not what happens to us in life that defines us – but how we decide to relate TO it. Your story demonsrated it so beautifully. Higly starred. Leela Saachi, When fear comes home to Love
What a scorcher! I don’t know who to hate more, Anna Mae or that uncle Marvin! And the father is pitiful too…I don’t know how Shena forgave him in the end. I’ll be recommending this to a few friends, Ashara, this really should be published!~Derek Zee
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I am an Educator, Award Winning Christian Author, Freelance Writer & Blogger,Youth mentor, Bible Teacher, and TREK AWANA director. Teaching provides an opportunity for me to engage in continual learning and growth on many levels. I work for my students not only to master the course material but to give them the indispensable advantage of having a growth mindset. This mindset has been stripped from many of our students; yet this is the undisputed secret ingredient for their success in the world outside of my classroom. I strive to be a globally connected educator. With my #LatinoEd #Edublog I seek (as J. Updike says) "to unblock the traffic jam" in the minds of my students and peers. In this way, long after they have left my classroom and they encounter a world that will try (and many times succeed) in knocking them down and telling them they "can't," they will bounce right back up, and with an intrinsic confidence say, "Watch me. Watch me make a difference!" It is then I will feel that I too have made a difference.