Frances O'Roark Dowell

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While Frances O'Roark Dowell (Dovey Coe, The Secret Language of Girls, Trouble the Water) is best known for her award-winning novels, she also hosts the popular "Off-Kilter Quilt" podcast, where she talks about her latest quilt projects with friends and fellow quilters around the globe. Her own little corner of the globe is Durham, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and a dog named Travis. Connect with her online at FrancesDowell.com.
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Frances O'Roark Dowell I get inspiration from all sorts of things. Sometimes a story idea comes from something that's happened to me or one of my friends, sometimes it comes…moreI get inspiration from all sorts of things. Sometimes a story idea comes from something that's happened to me or one of my friends, sometimes it comes from a newspaper article I've read. I eavesdrop as much as possible, because people are always saying interesting things that could be turned into stories!(less)
Frances O'Roark Dowell Hi, Jim--Thanks so much for your comment on Shooting the Moon (and sorry for taking so long to reply to it). It's a book very close to my heart for ma…moreHi, Jim--Thanks so much for your comment on Shooting the Moon (and sorry for taking so long to reply to it). It's a book very close to my heart for many reasons and it means a lot to me that you liked it!(less)
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“A friend is someone whose face you can see in the dark.”
Frances O'Roark Dowell, The Secret Language of Girls

“Everybody's broken, sweetie. God helps us get put back together.
~Rev. Mayes
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be
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“He was a big talker, someone who liked words for words' sake, the sound of them, the way you can pile them up in your mouth and make a poem if you speill them out the right way.
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Frances O'Roark Dowell, Shooting the Moon
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Apuca Dear Frances O'Roark Dowell,

Thank you for the "Friendship"!

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