Ninie's Story

 At the end of my journalism career I founded The Southeast Outlook, which grew to a readership of 65,000.

Before I purchased from my publisher the rights to all of my novels and became an independent publisher, the catalogue for Bay Forest Books listed me as their “Flagship Cinematic Storyteller.”

The biography below that lofty statement said that “creating unforgettable characters” was the hallmark of my novels, that readers come back book after book to meet the people who live in the worlds I create. People like:

Ruby Sparrow, the coal miner's widow in Black Sunshine, who describes her grief. "I'd scream. Loud's I could, scream and wail 'til my voice give plum out. I'd beat my fists against the wall 'til my hands was black and blue. I wanted to make more noise than the roar under the mountain because my hurt was bigger and powerfuller than the explosion that took him from me."

Bobo, the loony grandmother in The Memory Closet who tells Annie: "You'll know I need help standing up when you see me falling down. And you'll know I'm ready for the bone yard when I start looking around for something to do while I'm down there!"

Princess, the death row inmate in Five Days in May who warns the preacher - "Don’t never underestimate the power of doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s the only gift life gives you."

Or Theo, the old, black jazz musician in The Last Safe Place who announces:  "I don't hate much in life but me and mountains is not on good terms. I would rather face a serial killer with a sinus infection and poison ivy on his privates than ride up that goat trail in a jeep."

My first book, God Said Yes, was a biography published by Penguin's Putnam’s Berkeley imprint. After that came six novels. The seventh will be released before Christmas and I’m working on the eighth.

Before I took up writing fiction, I served as the editor of three different newspapers. I also founded a newspaper that grew to a readership of 65,000 and for a decade I was its publisher. The most fascinating thing I did as a journalist was in the 1980s, when I helped break the story of the Corn Bread Mafia, the largest domestic marijuana-producing cooperative in American history. My experiences as a journalist provide lots of fuel for my novels. No, not covering big, exciting stories but meeting hundreds of ordinary, hurting people.

My husband, Tom, directs Young Life in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia. We have six adult children, a film-maker, a police officer, a couple of computer geeks, a defense contractor and a businessman, and eight grandchildren.

If you’d like a little more up-close-and-personal look into my life, you’ll find it in The Rest of The Story.


"Oh, and about the 9 and the e beside my name. Say it fast, emphasis on the 9. That’s how you pronounce my first name -9e. (Think “rhymes with tiny and shiny, NOT with skinny and penny.”)

Suspense Author

I have soooo many stories I want to tell you, so many worlds I want you to see, so many people I want you to meet. People in trouble, most of them. Big trouble they didn't ask for but there it is. Ordinary folks like you and me who are forced by circumstances to fight for their lives. And then, smack in the middle of their everyday worlds they encounter the unexplainable. It's always the game-changer.

Welcome to my world. If you'd like to know more about me, I'm easy. Click on Meet Ninie and you'll see. My life isn't really an open book; it's more of a pamphlet, and you are cordially invited to read it. I'd love to interact with you on Twitter, Facebook Fan page, and Goodreads. Or come visit with me at 9e's Kitchen Table, a Facebook group where readers and I hang out. I think you'd like it.