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Congratulations, Peyton Sickles!

My son is a freelance photojournalist, and he’s been killing it lately. Last week at the 2022 North Carolina Press Association Awards, he took home two awards personally, and his community newspaper raked in a whopping 31.

Last month I had to cancel my daily subscriptions to the News & Observer, NYTimes, and USAToday because our newspaper distribution guy, Ben, was so inconsistent. We missed nearly forty percent of our papers, and it broke my heart. But Peyton, like me, is a journalist and in this industry. My dissatisfaction with the distribution asshole is no reflection on my support and interest in hardworking journalists. Truthful, vetted news from truthful, vetted news sources is crucial to correct information being disseminated in the community. Peyton’s accomplishments bolster my opinion of the importance of real news, and make me a prouder mom than usual because he has embarked on a career of truth telling that is often difficult. The way he sees and captures the world is a game changer

So, Bravo Peyton!

  • First Place – Siler City Controlled Burn
  • Second Place – Cyclist Chuck Gillis

Support your local news outlets, y’all. Support the truth.

*Thanks to publisher Bill Horner III for this spectacular photo of Peyton.


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Front Page News

For so much of my career I was behind the scenes. And now, even after two children’s books and five romances, it’s still strange to be the focus of coverage. But I’m excited about the story our local newspaper did on me this week. 🙂

Despite initial resistance to the genre, romance books shape local writer’s world

On a side note, it’s not too late to sign up for The Business of Writing Romance at Wake Technical Community College. I’ll be back at Central Carolina in the spring!