About Skipper

I was born on the edge of Charlotte, N.C. in a time, in a neighborhood where children were free to play outside. My friends and I ran, biked, explored. The entire neighborhood was stage for continuing games of pretend. Cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, British and American, Yankee and Confederate armies romped through woods, across fields and creeks, up and down streets until good guys prevailed or softball and hopscotch season arrived.

Then I grew up and went to the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where I majored in history and economics. My involvement in a series of strikes by textile workers led first to graduate work at Cornell with a master’s degree in Labor Union History and then to several years of union organizing in the South for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

After marriage and the birth of my son and daughter, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, worked at jobs where I could punch a clock — stitcher, machinist, assembly worker, Harvard grad student, candy maker, database designer, assistant economics journal editor—and still have the energy needed for my real work of political organizing for social and economic justice.

My political work took the form primarily of writing and editing for movement publications, and when I moved from Cambridge to a farm in rural north central Florida, I began writing for the Ocala Star-Banner and Gainesville Sun, then founded the weekly Williston Pioneer, where I was publisher, editor, reporter, salesperson, and janitor.

Recently, I’ve come to two realizations. One, highways lead out from the tiny town of Williston as well as into; and two, fiction is always? sometimes? usually? more truthful than journalism. So my time is now spent making up stories and exploring the world surrounding my Williston farm. That world feeds my stories, here and in my novels. And I’d like to share my stories with you.

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