“Our Tornado”: How I came to Write Promise

Written by Minrose Gwin  When I was a girl growing up and living with my mother in my grandparents’ solid four-square brick house at the corner of Church and Walnut, front porch talk on summer nights would circle around to what we called “Our Tornado.” My grandparents were lively people, and, after supper in the summer,…

Children of the Sun

Written by Lauren McElwain Kabir and Arjun Gupta are two young brothers who live here in Tupelo.  They are homeschooled and recently wrote, illustrated and published a book called “Children of the Sun.” Inspiration for the book started when Kabir had a language arts assignment to write a personification poem.  At about the same time,…

Mississippi Writers Guild

Written by Susan Marquez Writing is a solitary endeavor. “Let’s get a group together to spend an exciting afternoon writing,” said no one, ever. But writers need love, too. And encouragement. And information. And all the things one can find in a good writer’s group. As a writer, I’ve learned that to become a better…

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

Written by Reeca Elliott I don’t know where to start….this series just keeps getting better and better! This is not a beach read. This is not a normal, fast-paced Greg Iles tale. This is what I call a “smart” read.   It is an intricate, sophisticated plot. If you blink you will miss something important….

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Written by Reeca Elliott Eva is running from the past. She has created a new life for herself as an ad executive in Arizona. She is about to sign a huge account and then she is going to retire to the mountains. But, her parents have called her home for their anniversary celebration. She is…

Into the Wild

Written by Ashley Lancaster In Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes, “But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted.” Thoreau, of course, lived this “free and uncommitted” life at Walden Pond in Massachusetts for two years and two months. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is the…

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Written by Lauren McElwain   Sovereign. Deadly. Perfect. Stanislas Cordova is a mysterious and reclusive movie producer.  A master of the macabre, his movies, Night Films, are terrifying and have a cult following.  Investigative reporter, Scott McGrath, is convinced there are real-life horrors to be discovered about the man.  He is determined to find out…

The Sociopath Next Door

Written by Ashley Lancaster Halloween is coming up. This is my absolute favorite holiday. I love wearing costumes and trick or treating. I imagine I will see tons of clowns and Wonder Womans. My kids will be dressed up like Transformers and Minions. We will eat candy and laugh and scream and eat some more…

Invitation Magazine and Tupelo Bloggers: A Partnership

Written by Lauren McElwain and Emily Welly The Glossies! That’s what my husband and I call the beautiful, local magazine publications that are available to showcase all that is unique, fun and appealing in North Mississippi. Invitation Tupelo and Invitation Oxford are highly respected glossies around here. I always get excited when I see a…