In “God’s Acres,” six-year-old Bud tells the story, set in the 1950s, of his family’s relocation from St. Joseph, Missouri, to a small farm just outside of town. That twelve-acre homestead represents the idyllic life for Bud’s mother, the story’s central figure – a woman driven by unwavering religious beliefs and a rigid work ethic – but it turns out to be the source of much heartache. With endearing earnestness and bits of laugh-out humor, Bud intertwines signal developments in the lives of his family members with key world events. Published by PenUltimate Press of St. Louis, Missouri, “God’s Acres” won the 2011 Fiction Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
For fifteen years, Gerard worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, and for about half of those years, Gerard wrote a weekly opinion column. “Sketches from Muskogee, Oklahoma” is a collection of some of those columns, which had a broad local appeal and won several awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists.
Lewis Daubbs likes flowers and his quiet existence. He abhors mayhem and murder. But the outdoor and garden writer for the Muskogee Independent Surveyor finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and a murder trial, all while he is pondering marriage and other life issues. “Judge Not” was published in 2001, and it was the most read book in the Muskogee County jail that year, according to the Muskogee County sheriff that year.