The heart of this story came to me in a flash, much like CeeGee’s Knowings. I wrote it quickly and submitted CeeGee’s Gift as a one-act-play to the San Juan Islands Playwright’s Festival in 1992. It was one of six winners and was produced for the stage. It then won the Audience Choice Award. Later I expanded the story to a novel set on the Texas coast where I spent my childhood summers and the manuscript continued to win competitions, as has the published novel.
CeeGee’s Gift is a novel that is meant to be read and shared by young and old. Set in a simple time on a small island along the Texas coastal bend, CeeGee’s Gift takes readers on a journey of generosity. Twelve-year-old Celia Gene Williamson and her friend, old Mr. Tindale, work together to transform her ability to foretell the future into a gift for others—a chance for the people of Southport to prepare for what is to come, or even change their direction and change their entire future.
I hope that CeeGee, Mr. Tindale and the citizens of Southport mean as much to the readers of CeeGee’s Gift as they have to me. It is my desire that this story of kindness and generosity speaks to audiences of many ages, and sparks conversations on front porches and at kitchen tables.