Over the years I’ve been told by critics that: I wrote my books “wrong” (whatever that means); That that my series wouldn’t be “successful” (by whose standards?) because it wasn’t like other people’s books series; That if I really wanted to be popular (why would I want that much attention?!) I needed to change x, … Continue reading Yes, I know I’m writing these books wrong, but I don’t care. (plus a sneak peek to Book 8)
As a 10th grade English teacher, I learn a lot about students from their writing. I read about divorces, neglect, drug use, alcohol problems, and misery. And I hold all of their words sacred. They’ve trusted me with them, and they could write about something easier, but they share what eats at them. They have … Continue reading Book 8 teaser: Your heritage doesn’t determine your legacy, and that’s a good thing.
Book 6, Flight of the Wounded Falcon is ready! And you can get it three ways: Kindle download, click right here. Priced at 99 cents, that means you're paying only, umm . . . well, hardly anything per the 240,000 words. (This is why I majored in English, not math.) Paperback, on CreateSpace for now, but … Continue reading BOOK 6, “Flight of the Wounded Falcon” IS HERE! Get it 3 ways (one is free)!
Have you ever noticed mothers are not the main character . . . in anything? Try this: name every Disney movie where the mother is absent and/or dead. Are you done yet? There’s a lot, isn’t there? And when a mother is present in a book/movie, what’s her role? Supporting. Try this: name a book … Continue reading Why aren’t mothers the main protagonists of books or movies?
Following the notion someone once expressed to me that since it takes only about three days to read a book, it should take about that long to write one, I did. Here is the result. Full of action, intrigue, aliens, a desperate princess, a lonely shoe repairer, and the obligatory wizard, there's something for … Continue reading A Really Bad Book
When I was asked to be a “responder” for a writers and artists fest our school district hosts each year at the university, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. My daughter had participated when she was in middle school, spending five agonizing minutes reading her writing in front of two “responders,” several peers, and … Continue reading Hoarding your praise doesn’t make it more valuable
Until I read this beautiful quote from Carl Sagan (thank you, Grammarly), I didn’t know how to articulate the sensation I've felt that I’ve snuck into a writer’s mind, and was welcomed there. But as I thought about it, I realized I’ve “experienced” a variety of authors in such a manner. Tell me if you’ve … Continue reading “An author is speaking clearly and silently in your head, directly to you.”