I like words.

I like words that stomp and stare and crush and collapse and boogie and bang and scream and squeal and laugh and croak and crackle and twirl. I like words that scald and burn and blister and broil and simmer and fry and roast and steam and knead. I like hunky-dory words and okey-dokey words and diddly-squat words. I’m drawn to nonsensical words such as razzle-dazzle, phony-baloney, and hanky-panky. I like words that don’t give a hoot. I like ain’t and reckon and holy moses. I like sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, and straitlaced words; holy ghost words and sanctified words. I like lord have mercy, kiss my ass, and go to hell. I like words that speak in tongues and pull down the spirit. I like words that smell of honeysuckle and rain, words that carry the scent of my daughter’s shampoo and my son’s cologne. I like words that coo and suckle and babble. I’m a woman who writes, and I like words.


Panel 1

Brenda Sutton Rose

novelist, poet, essayist, visual artist
Brenda Sutton Rose

Brenda’s poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in Flycatcher Magazine, Mobius: Journal of Social Change, Montucky Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Ginosko Literary Magazine, and numerous other online and print journals. She is the author of Dogwood Blues, a novel that earned her a reputation as a writer of southern fiction with a gift for writing about the changing South and small town life. Brenda was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2015 and for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction in 2018. She is currently working on her second novel.

Brenda leads writing workshops and speaks at book clubs and related events. Her email is brenda@brendasuttonrose.com.

Panel 2

Dogwood Blues

Thank you for reading! Numerous book clubs in the South invited me to their homes to speak about Dogwood Blues. I was touched by their kindness, interest in my book, insight into the themes and motifs, and the process of my writing.

I’ll leave you with a few comments I’ve received about Dogwood Blues.

“You writing is poetic, so much so that I feel that I’m reading both a novel and a poem at the same time. It’s beautiful. Please write another novel soon.”

“I loved to hate Nell. She’s my favorite bitch ever.”

“The theme of miracles in Dogwood Blues touched me. I noticed that Jasmine hopes for a miracle. Jake doesn’t believe in miracles. And Kevin catches a miracle. In the end I think they all receive miracles. Not miracles related to religion. Miracles of living.”

“I like the way you used Letter to the Editor of the newspaper to represent the issues of the community.”

“Thank you for addressing the issue of homophobia and racism. You made me think about my own life and how I treat others. We can all do better.”

Check it out on Goodreads. Leave comments. We all love to read!

Panel 3

My Journal