A graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in 2005 Rodney authored Leading Your Business to the Next Level:the Six Core Disciplines of Sustained Profitable Growth, a hands-on guide for companies navigating the perils and pitfalls of a high growth environment. His first novel, Powers Not Delegated, was published in 2012.
A Georgia native, Rodney lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.
THE INDOMITABLE MS SMYTHE
A multi-millionaire after selling her video game company, Cinni Smythe soon becomes bored. She runs for Congress and is elected, proving to be adept at internal politics and making enemies in her quest to overcome corruption. When her little brother is almost lost in a botched CIA operation, the race is on to discover who is at the root of machinations both at home and abroad that threaten to destroy the fabric of government, and bring down the president himself.
MACON: THE NOVEL
Murder and cover-up in the Deep South during the tumultuous 1960s.
Macon – the Novel is set in the early 60s against the backdrop of the emerging civil rights movement in the South. A local R and B singer who made the big time is murdered. Officer J.T. Grimes, one of six recently hired black policemen, is first on the crime scene. No-one saw anything or anybody but Grimes knows a black man will be arrested, tried and convicted … that’s how it’d always been.
Some characters are stereotypical of the times but there are more who aren’t … black and white good and evil. Attitudes of some change, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes because of an enlightened sense of humanity. But others, hate-filled and bigoted, are incapable of change.
Wit, Wisdom and Heart
Loves lost in Biloxi, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. A teenage volunteer‘s experiences during an obscure Civil War battle in Georgia. Two barbeque joint owners enter the fine dining restaurant business In Asheville. A delightful ghost on North Carolina’s Outer Banks reinvigorates a mystery author’s creativity. Tragedy and restitution in the Smoky Mountains. The life and times of an eight-year-old in the Deep South during the fifties. A budding despot assumes the presidency of a home owners association in central Florida. Memories haunt a World War II bomber pilot for six decades.
These are among the short stories that capture Southerners’ wit, wisdom and perseverance. Some will amuse you; others will make you cry. All, however, offer insight into Southerners’ unique perspective of life and their innate creativity and resilience.
Steps in Time
Granny Mae’s Journey is Rodney’s short story in Steps in Time, the second of the Crimson Cloak anthologies.
A Tale of Two Brothers, is Rodney’s short story in NEW BEGINNINGS, volume 6 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies.
The Man on the Beach, is Rodney’s short story in volume 1 of the Crimson Tales anthologies, CRIMSON TIMELINES.
A mysterious encounter proves life-affirming for a despairing man.