Love Letters To Writers: Volume II
In this second collection of letters, Cumbo-Floyd has compiled 52 letters to support, challenge, clarify, and cajole the writers she knows. The letters discuss topics including writing as a parent of a young child, finding the people in your life who get you as a writer, and why marketing can be a helpful tool in the creative process. Each letter is written with writers Cumbo-Floyd knows and loves in mind. If you’re looking to find support, instruction, and a little bit of gentle butt-kicking in your writing life, Love Letters To Writers, Volume II is the book you need.
Love Letters to Writers
In 52 personal, vulnerable letters, writer Andi Cumbo-Floyd shares her personal experiences of the writing journey, offers her perspective on the writing life, and shares encouragement to help writers through the hard and the joyous days of being a writer. The letters cover everything from what it feels like to sign a book contract to the times writing draws out emotion we didn’t realize to the need for space in our daily lives. The letters are intimate and honest, each written with love for the writers Cumbo-Floyd holds dear.
Discover Your Writing Self: 31 Days to Deeper Understanding of Who You Are as a Writer
Not everyone can write every day at 5am, and that’s totally okay. One-size-fits-all writing advice doesn’t work for anyone.
In Discover Your Writing Self, you’ll find 31 lessons to help you think through who YOU are as writer. Through shorts essays and questions, you will explore everything from the fears you have as a writer and your reasons for writing to the best times of the day and year and the ideal environment for your writing practice.
In these pages, you’ll find no “shoulds” and no shame. Instead, Andi will walk you through honest queries and encouragement designed to help YOU be the best writer YOU can be at this time in your life.
If you feel overwhelmed or confused by all the writing advice out there, this book will help you sort through it in a way that is authentic and genuine for you.
Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words
It’s not an easy thing to take time to write. The world says that writing doesn’t matter much. Our families and jobs need us. We have to make money. The ugly voices in our head tell us we’re not good enough. There are a ton of reasons why we choose to not write. . . and yet, if we are writers, we must find a way to the page. Over and over again.
Often one of the hardest things for writers is allowing ourselves the time and space to write when so many other obligations fill our time. Writing Day in and Day Out is a book for writers who would like to find that time and space and build a practice of writing in their daily lives.
In this intimate volume, I tell about my own writing practice, shares suggestions – but never rules – for how you might find a way to more words in your daily life, and offer encouragement for the days when writing seems to be too far away or too painful.
God’s Whisper Manifesto: The Makings of a Dream
This brief volumes sets out my vision for the ten-acre farm I own at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In this book, I describe the principles I’d like to practice in this place, where we value art and rest and dinner together every night.
I hope you love it, and I hope you’ll come visit God’s Whisper Farm.
The Bottle of Never Forgetting
A magical bottle. Chaos unleashed. Friends whose special abilities may not be enough.
It was a routine spring day of wandering around and getting into harmless mischief until 15-year-old Jedidiah Wilson uncovered a bottle etched with scratches that look like they were once words. When Jed goes against his better judgement and opens the cork on the bottle, he unleashes a chaos that threatens the entire world and its history. Now Jed and his 64-year-old, no-longer-imaginary friend Mavis must enlist the help of the Magic People and their special abilities to bind up the magic again.
Can Jed and Mavis figure out what needs to be contained and what needs to be released? Will the Magic People’s powers be enough to rebind the stories that threaten the world? Can they live with their own pasts while they save the world’s future?
The Bottle of Never Forgetting is magical realism for adults and young readers alike. If you like magical stories, love a good adventure, and appreciate a bit of justice, then you’ll love the third and final book in the Magic People series.
The Map That Can Twist Time
A cryptic map. An evasive gift-giver, and a gathering of powers.
When a mysterious peddler shows up at the Wilson’s vacation cabin, Jed, Charlie, and Mavis are thrust into an adventure through history. Tasked with unraveling the secrets in map the peddler gave Mavis, the three friends and the community of magic people they know must decide if saving a town is worth the risks involved.
Is changing the past reason enough to risk the future? The Map That Can Twist Time is magical realism for the young and young at heart. If you love time travel, a dose of historical justice, and winsome, quirky characters, you’ll love the second book in The Magic People series.
The Boy Who Could See Secrets
When the anxious, brilliant kid and his 63-year-old friend meet a village of people with special powers, they are whisked into an adventure across time and space to help save the village’s children from a man who wants to control them. Using his ability to see secrets and his talent for the classic bait-and-switch, Jed helps the villagers set their plan for freedom in motion. . . with Mavis’s assistance of course.
Will Jed and Mavis be a help to their new friends, or will they just get in the way? The Boy Who Could See Secrets is magical realism for adults and young readers alike. If you like magical stories, love a good adventure, and appreciate a bit of justice, then you’ll love the first book in the Magic People series. Buy The Boy Who Could See Secrets today to begin your journey.
When Mary Steele mysteriously finds herself in an old cemetery down the road from her house in a tiny mountain town, she’s not concerned. She’s not even frightened when a ghost named Moses approaches her or when she has to stand-off against a bulldozer.
But when her inquiries into the history of the cemetery and the people buried there begin to draw out the worst in the members of her community, Mary begins to be afraid. Will she be able to recover history while keeping the people she loves safe?
Charlotte and the Twelve: A Steele Secrets Story
A teen with a secret. A decades-old murder. Their past could change her future…
Mary Steele never saw the ghosts coming. When the spunky, brilliant teen finds 13 ghosts in an abandoned school, she didn’t expect them to start a conversation with her. It turns out, the baker’s dozen consists of a schoolteacher and 12 students who were killed in the 1950s. And Mary may be the only one who can set them free…
Charged with caring for their stories, Mary must face her fears to piece together what happened to these 13 souls. As she encounters resistance and prejudice, the teen learns that it sometimes takes more than a little courage to change the world. Can Mary save the school and its ghostly inhabitants before it’s too late?
Charlotte and the Twelve is historical fiction for adults and young adults alike. If you like richly researched history, inspiring characters, and sensitive explorations of our cultural past, then you’ll love the first book of the Mary Steele series from Andi Cumbo-Floyd.
Silence at the Lock
A lynching. A ghost. A town in turmoil.
Finding the body of a lynched woman isn’t on Mary Steele’s after- school agenda. When the spirited, bookish teen meets the woman’s dead teenage daughter, she discovers a secret that includes the town’s mayor and a very special 94-year-old woman. Now, Mary has to find the secret and the strength to let them be free . . .
The St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series
Publishable by Death
The last thing Harvey Beckett needs on opening day of her bookstore is a dead body.
All Harvey Beckett help the residents of St. Marin’s find the perfect book for that moment and snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem.But when the small, waterside town’s newest resident discovers the body of the community’s persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom just before her grand opening, Harvey can’t help trying to solve the crime, even when her curiosity puts her in danger.
The more Harvey learns about the town’s history – and the history of the gas station that’s become her bookstore – the more she understands that forgiveness is a hard thing to give . . . and receive.
Will Harvey and her friends be able to solve the murder of the town reporter without her becoming a victim herself?
Entitled to Kill
A dead dairy farmer, a family’s unkept secret, and an amateur sleuth on the case.
When bookstore owner Harvey Beckett wanders into the local farm-to-table shop, she isn’t expecting to stumble over the body of the neighborhood’s most-reviled farmer by the ice cream cooler. Harvey’s curiosity draws her to the man’s daughter, but soon, she finds herself embroiled in a family drama that is far more dangerous than Harvey ever imagined.
Will she be able to help Sheriff Tucker solve the case, or will her sleuthing get her killed instead?
Bound To Execute
The things Harvey Beckett doesn’t know about her neighbors could get her killed.
In the perfect days of early May, bookshop owner Harvey Beckett is looking forward to evenings of walking Mayhem, reading in the before bed, and maybe even enjoying a snuggle with her favorite mechanic.
But a meandering dog walk pushes pause on those plans when she and Mayhem stumble upon the body of the much-detested local bank manager. Harvey and her friends discover that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes in quiet St. Marin’s, a lot that people are hiding.
Can Harvey help, or will her helping only end up creating more trouble for everyone around her?
Plotted For Murder
She has always said if she was running, it’s because she was being chased. That’s never been more true.
It’s Autumn, bookstore owner Harvey Beckett’s favorite time of year, and she’s most excited about two things – her bookshop’s float in the annual Harvest Parade and pumpkin everything. But when her best friend Mart finds the body of her running coach and high school gym teacher behind the bleachers one fall morning, Harvey becomes enthralled in a mystery that uncovers their quaint town’s darkest secrets.
When Harvey’s curiosity gets the best of her, she and her pup Mayhem find that maybe there are just some secrets left undiscovered.
Tome To Tomb
A dead body in his lap is not what Santa wanted for Christmas.
The streets of St. Marin’s are decorated for Christmas, and Harvey Beckett has decided that she’ll host Santa Clause at her bookstore for the town, reviving a town’s long-standing tradition. But on the first day of the holiday season, a man stumbles into Santa’s lap and dies, threatening the holiday spirit . . . and bringing a slew of questions that Harvey can’t resist trying to answer.
Will Harvey’s queries land her, her friends – and their dogs – in a load of trouble?
Scripted To Slay
It takes a special kind of person to hope a murder will lead to a romance.
But that’s exactly what Max, the owner of Chez Cuisine, thinks when Harvey Beckett, the object of his affection, gets herself into the thick of the investigation of a murder at his restaurant. Soon, Harvey is not only dodging his advances but also trying to figure out how exactly she got herself in so much trouble.
Can Harvey get it all together before the murderer strikes again?
Slavery and Racism
The Slaves Have Names: Ancestors of My Home
Not long ago, most white American Christians believed that Jesus blessed slavery. God wasn’t bothered by Jim Crow. Baby Jesus had white skin. Meet Plantation Jesus: a god who is comfortable with bigotry, and an idol that distorts the message of the real Savior. That false image of God is dead, right? Wrong, argue the authors of Plantation Jesus, an authoritative new book on one of the most urgent issues of our day. Through their shared passion for Jesus Christ and with an unblinking look at history, church, and pop culture, authors Skot Welch and Rick Wilson detail the manifold ways that racism damages the church’s witness.
The Slaves Have Names: Ancestors of My Home
This book tells the story of the 246 people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised. The book is creative nonfiction and, thus, combines history and my imagination to try and create portraits of these amazing people while I also try to be transparent about my experience of doing this research and telling these stories. To learn more about this book, watch a video about the stories told there, and see pictures of some of the places on these plantations, please visit this page.
Literary Journal and Magazine Publications
“Think Local: It’s Not Just for Food” at Jane Friedman’s blog – February 2014
“Taboo” at Jennifer Pastiloff’s Manifestation – January 2014
“Shaving My Mother’s Head” in South Loop Review
“Working Wood” in Santa Monica Review