LOOKING FOR A FEW THRILLS AT CHRISTMAS?

655191-christmas-trees-desktop-wallpaper-1600x1200In my newest novel, BLIZZARD, a corporate executive undertakes a desperate journey through an historic Southern blizzard, but quickly realizes the storm isn’t the only thing that can kill him. 

A question that naturally arises is Could a true blizzard really smack the Deep South?

The answer is yes.  In fact, one did in the not too distant past.  Remember “Superstorm ’93,” also called “The Storm of the Century,” in March 1993?  Honest-to-goodness blizzard conditions raked areas from northern Alabama through the southern Appalachians (and as far north as New England.) 

SO WHAT ABOUT THIS EBOLA BUSINESS?

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image8272816The deadly Ebola virus has been making headlines recently, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, where two Ebola victims from western Africa will be placed in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. Emory, by the way, is adjacent to the main campus of the Centers for Disease Control, the CDC.

Some people are quite concerned that we now have “Ebola in America.” While it’s front-page worthy news, the reality is the situation doesn’t present a threat to the general public. Ebola, though exceptionally virulent, is not easily transmitted. It’s passed from person to person only through close personal contact. You’d have to be exposed to a victim’s blood, urine, vomit, etc., before you’d be a candidate for contracting the disease.

SOME THOUGHTS ON ATLANTA’S FLURRYJAM 2014

1661150_10152250157412216_282598240_nOkay, “Flurryjam” is a bit snarky.  It was more than a flurry.  In fact, for the South, it was a legit snowstorm: two inches officially.

But here’s the thing: Should a two-inch snowstorm–well forecast, I might add–bring absolute gridlock to the ninth largest metro area in the country?  Drivers abandoning cars, people trapped in parking garages, kids stuck in schools (and on busses).  A nightmare.

I had a weird flashback early yesterday morning as I drove from Fulton County to Gwinnett to drop off my car for servicing.  As I crossed over Peachtree Industrial I noticed traffic was bumper to bumper heading into Atlanta.  The snow hadn’t yet started.