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Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.

Today’s guest is Rachel Sharpe who has some thoughts about gardeners and writers and some gorgeous pictures to share. Welcome, Rachel!


Thanks, Catherine.

There is something magical about springtime. Watching the world awaken as flowers begin to bloom and grass turns green is as invigorating as the warmth of the sun’s bright rays. Growing up in southeastern Louisiana, springtime has always been a welcome albeit brief period between our mild winters and humid summers. I happily maintain a simple garden of azalea bushes and various shrubs for two reasons: I do not possess a very green thumb and, with our springs being so short, these plants are able to withstand the long summer heat best.

While my thumb is not the greenest and my garden not extravagant, I love and appreciate the beauty in all types of gardens, including those spawned by Mother Nature herself. One of my favorite places to visit is New England, which is where my grandfather was born and raised before moving to Louisiana after World War II. My love for this area is the reason I set the Jordan James, PI series there.

On one particular visit, my husband and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard to stay with my cousins, who rent a cottage in Edgartown one week every summer. While there, we were able to travel all over the island, including to the town of Aquinnah, where the Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse are located. The wildflowers that blanket the rocky, clay cliffs add to the magnificence of an already breathtaking view.

I have often felt there is a parallel between authors and gardeners as both work in silent simplicity to bring beauty and life into the world. Gardening and writing take patience, time and imagination. The end result, while hard sought, is worth the energy it took and if one’s efforts brighten the life of even one other person, as we say in Louisiana, that’s lagniappe.



About the Writer/Gardener

Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, Bitter Retribution, and Simple Misconception, all part of the Jordan James, PI series, a mystery series with sweet romance. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.

Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area where she and her children work together to maintain a simple garden.

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Twitter: twitter.com/RachelCSharpe

Simple Misconception

by Rachel Sharpe

“A Trip to the Big Easy Turns into a Big Nightmare…”

When private investigator Jordan James returns home to New Orleans for Christmas, she never imagined her holiday could end with kidnapping and death. As she begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a childhood friend, she unwittingly stumbles upon a dangerous, international syndicate. With lives at risk and time running short, Jordan must find a connection between these seemingly unrelated events if she ever hopes to find her friend.

Simple Misconception is available at Amazon