My pen name, "Magnolia Belle," came from a dream of one day owning a riverboat that offered dinner, sultry jazz and hot R&B while floating down the Mississippi. Realizing I didn't have millions it'd take to get that dream off the ground, I took the name to write under. I figured it'd be one hard to forget. Plus, it's as southern as I am.
I live in Texas with my husband and our 'pack' of fuzzy children (aka dogs). Before that, I grew up in a military family and lived all across the US and in the Orient. In 1977, I got married and in 1978 I graduated with a degree in Accounting from Tarleton State University. Yeah, I know. BIG leap from accountant to novelist. As editor of the University paper, I won first place in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association editorial competition in 1977. I was also a member of "Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities" in 1977-78, and graduated with high honors. A singer/song writer and guitarist, I played with a band in the 1980s that made 3 albums.
I started my company, "Black Wolf Books" in 2005 as a venue to publish and sell my work. "Black Wolf" comes from the first series of 5 novels I've written (and am still working on).
My heritage includes at least two Indian nations, one on my mother's side and the Iroquois on my father's. Because of that, I write about American Indians with great respect. I also spend inordinate amounts of time in researching history, facts and personalities in the era they are presented. Historical events and documentation (such as treaties) are cited in my novels, so readers can see what really happened.
My characters become very real to me, and I often find myself not writing, but rather taking dictation as they tell me their stories. That's also why I tend to write in series of novels. My characters are a gabby bunch!
I hope you'll take the time to meet them. You'll probably fall in love with them just like I have, fuss at them when they do something stupid and cheer them on when they face a hard challenge. When you reach "The End" you'll feel like you've acquired a new set of friends.
I am thrilled to announce that "Lady Gwendolyn" a historical novel is available in ebook form at Smashwords,Nook, and Kindle. Paperback and hardcover are available through this website.
The first series, Black Wolf, explores the lives of four Lakota, Sioux brothers who have their own Texas-flavored rock band coming out of Austin. A series of five books covers the brothers' adventures with love and life as a popular band:
The second series, T'on Ma, tells of a young woman torn between her love for an Army lieutenant and a Kiowa warrior. Their stories are set in the high plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma in the 1850-1880s. There are three books in this series:
For those new to the site, you are invited to step into the worlds Magnolia Belle has created in her two series of novels, as well as in her 'stand-alone' books (stories that aren't part of a series) and meet the people who live there. Before too many chapters roll by, you will no longer be reading - you will become one of the people who makes their way through one adventure after another, sitting in the band tour bus, or galloping alongside the Kiowa raiding party.
We are excited to show off our website, which gives Magnolia Belle's readers the opportunity to buy her novels directly from us, complete with her autograph. Take a moment to look the site over and, if you like what you see, please set up an account with us. We'll be happy to notify you of her upcoming bookfairs, readings and newest releases.
We're glad you stopped by and hope you will visit again soon.