Sunday, May 30, 2010

Birthin' My Latest Book Baby

The gestation period lasted almost a year, the pangs of rewrite came frequently, but once committed, there was no turning back. Finally, my spanking new "Southern Sage:The Honorable Woodrow Melvin" book baby was delivered to my front door ready to show itself to the world.

Its first appearance was at the Milton Riverwalk Arts Festival April 26. Judge Woodrow Melvin's photo caught the eyes of those who either knew him personally, worked with him or had an occasion to stand in court before him. All gave words of praise for a man they respected.

This summer I'm planning to acquaint the citizens of Santa Rosa County with his biography at a number of venues.His story can also be found on

Just like the arrival of new babies, newly published books create curiosity too; so for anyone who'd like a sneak preview,I've posted a short synopsis here on my blog.If you think it's a book of interest to you, email me at and I'll get back to you.

Synopsis of Southern Sage

How many attorneys who start as small town lawyers end their careers as a judge on the Appellate Court? Woodrow Melvin’s passion for the law takes him on a journey into the courts of Florida as well as the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.
The stories Woodrow tells from his twenty years working as a circuit court judge are charged with emotion as the reader sees the gut-wrenching decisions he must make whether it be a life-changing child custody case or the life-sentencing of a hardened criminal.
Anecdotes, shared by his family, friends, and peers show Woodrow as a man of conviction, fairness, humility and humor. A familiar down-home, southern phrase often heard from him by attorneys when discussing a case goes like this, “You know, I don’t believe that dog will hunt.”
The legacy of this hard-working public servant continues to touch the lives of Floridians to this day, especially, in the areas of public health and education.
The old cliché, ‘Home town boy makes good’ more than applies to Woodrow M. Melvin.

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