In her voice, the changes in her life are unveiled while childhood memories, mysteries, and magical experiences lurk ever-present beneath her words. As she chronicles her trek from South Florida to South Dakota, life lessons bearing moments of joy and suffering are graphically portrayed.
She is confronted with a series of transformative encounters, sparked by varied forms of love in various forms, resolute faith, and a host of life issues including aging, late-life coupling, violence, colorism, secrets, and family conflicts.
Parental failure is a persistent hurdle for Jewelle as she struggles with life’s mishaps, and their effects on her Adult offspring, while walking a tightrope in guiding her grandchildren. Ultimately Jewelle calls the reader to join her on a life-changing expedition.
MUD FLOWER BLOOMING is a work of fiction inspired by real-life moments. It seems that I have carried the seeds for a book like this within me from the time I was a little girl. I thoroughly enjoy peeking behind circumstances, looking for the rest of the story or conjuring possibilities for what the story and the story behind the story could or should be.
J. Martin-Thomas (above)— A native of Key West, Florida (a product of the McIntosh and Welters families). She was groomed by her elders to develop a passion for storytelling and a prize-winning flair for reciting poetry. In addition to being a seasoned poet and new author, she is a semi-retired clinical psychologist. Over the years she has filled many professional capacities including associate professor, clinician, facilitator and entrepreneur. A Wisconsin resident, J. Martin-Thomas holds fast to her South Florida roots, cherishing her Key West conch status. Her poems were published in multiple periodicals, and a book of poetry is forthcoming.