My Stories and Me
Hello, I'm Milam McGraw Propst, an author. I am delighted to meet YOU.
I am absolutely thrilled to announce my brand new book was delivered this very week and is primed and ready to sell!
"Writer, Writer" is a look at the creative process through my eyes. It also touches on several experiences in my life which lead me to my career in writing. Kindly look left to see the marvelous cover, which is the creation of our son Jay's sweetheart, Summer Paul.
In other news, all the Ociee Nash books are available online as ebooks. That is all five Ociees, as is "Creola's Moonbeam," a work of fiction based on a writer. *Not much of a stretch for me!
Our grandson Loftin and I were poking around at our Barnes & Noble when he suggested we check out "Nook Book." To our delight, there were my books! Included are "A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street," "Ociee on Her Own," "The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash," "Ociee and Ben Nash, the Asheville Adventure," and "Ociee Nash, the Finale," and "Creola's Moonbeam."
"A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street" is the story on which the film "The Adventures of Ociee Nash" is based. By the way, the film is available on NETFLIX or may be purchased on Amazon.com.
***Please know for signed copies of any of my novels, you can contact me directly through email: Milamwritesbooks@gmail.com.
Another suggestion: you may want to visit Youtube for a treat. Go to "The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash." This provides a pleasant introduction to Ociee and her fellow characters.
To read my blog, simply click on the link on the right side of this page. Blogging is the best way to bring readers up to date on my work and on the work of some of my other more talented artist and writer friends.
A confession: I'm tired of cooking, find it too hot to garden, and many years ago, doing serious housework lost its appeal. As a result, I WRITE.
For most of my adult life, I've enjoyed being a wife and a mother, one who also did volunteer work. Sprinkled in were a couple of professional careers, two with newspapers and three in public relations.
But like many women, I discovered my other self/my real self later on in life. My moment of clarity came in a writing class taught by gifted author, Carol Lee Lorenzo. In 1992, with her encouragement, I began a story about my grandmother. Starting out as a picture book about a little girl traveling by train, it turned into a novel, and with my often mentioned gratitude to Mercer University Press, was released as my first novel, "A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street." I was named "Author of the Year for First Novel" by Georgia Writers.
Complete list of books:
The first Ociee: "A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street" (Mercer University Press) NOOK BOOK, Kindle
The second Ociee: "Ociee on Her Own" (Mercer University Press) NOOK BOOK, Kindle
"It May Not Leave a Scar" A story of forgiveness and redemption (Mercer University Press)
"Creola's Moonbeam" One writer's look back . . . and forward. (Belle Books) NOOK BOOK, Kindle
The third Ociee: "The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash" (Belle Books) NOOK BOOK
The fourth Ociee: "Ociee and Ben Nash, the Asheville Adventure" (FuzionPrint) and online at Nook Book
The fifth and last Ociee: "Ociee Nash, the Finale" (FuzionPrint) and online at Nook Book
"Writer, Writer" will be available through me in early April and online at SMASHWORDS.com
JUST FOR FUN:
Belle Books Marketing Director Deborah Smith created two promotional trailers on Youtube for my work. The first, mentioned previously, is the Ociee Nash piece.
The second, a complete departure from our old-fashioned farm girl, is a funny take on "Creola's Moonbeam." Just a hoot, it takes the viewer on a delightful one-minute vacation to the beach.
More about one of my favorite subjects, the family film “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” which premiered at Atlanta’s Fox Theater in 2003. Written, produced, and directed by Amy McGary and Kristen McGary Handziuk, the movie is available on DVD. The film stars Skyler Day as Ociee with Keith Carradine (Papa) and Mare Winningham (Aunt Mamie) along with noted stage actors Tom Key (Mr. Lynch) and Anthony Rodriquez (The Gypsy). Ty Pennington makes a cameo appearance as one of the Wright brothers! Kindly go to Ociee Nash.com to view the charming movie trailer.
As I finished the last chapter of her final story, I tried to imagine what my grandmother might be thinking about all this attention being paid to her childhood. "Much ado about nothing," she'd likely say with a twinkle in her eyes.
Lastly, here is a bit of my biography: born in Memphis, I’ve lived in Birmingham, New Orleans, Springfield, Massachusetts, and currently in Atlanta in the house that I and my husband Jamey, aka "Honey" and "Beau," renovate in "Creola's Moonbeam."
We have three grown children, Amanda, William and Jay. William and his wife Abigail have most generously provided us with our charming playmates, our two precious grandsons, Loftin and Emmett. *The boys are pictured with me on the back cover of "Ociee and Ben Nash, the Asheville Adventure."
Thank you for your look-see at my work. "Writer, Writer" will soon be available online. For now, please contact me directly by email at milamwritesbooks.com, or through this website.