Here in Tidewater

Not too long ago my husband and I moved to a small town not far from Richmond. It’s quiet and near three rivers. There are marshes and the land is flat. Both of us are used to rolling hills and mountains, so this is something new.

I have this feeling that a place holds memories and in time will share them with you. My recent writings reflect this phenomenon. I’m working on a story about early English settlements and the natives.

Stories happen. History weaves itself into them.

Glenda Kotchish


Last August,  I published a story, “Fireflies”.  But it was more than a story.  I asked my friend, Chris Semtner about illustrating it—with enough images for an exhibit at Art Works.  Chris began work on sketches, then paintings.

Then I asked Addie Barnhart to narrate and Keith Ramsey put the images and voice-overs together and created a film. On opening night at Art Works, the audience saw the paintings, the film and met the cast of characters that made all this possible. The paintings are available online.

The book is available on Amazon.

You can see the video on YouTube