I left the land of freeways and sidewalks, reservoirs and bayous and entered a land of mountains and canyons, draws and washes. I traded flooded swollen rivers for dry streams that thirst for rain. Here the mountains have names and elevations as numerous and different as the people are sparse and eccentric. There are no sprawling subdivisions here, but signs that beckon the hardy, the adventurous, the solitary to buy a piece of this schizophrenic land, beautiful but harsh, its winters bitter, its summers boiling, its storms sudden and violent. And for a little while I walk its dusty trails, climb its mountains, drink inRead More →

As an author, I strive to create good story and characters that resonate truth. I can read lots of things in context if they make sense to the characters and the story. I approach my writing from the same mindset. My characters have diverse backgrounds, personalities, morals and motives. I try very hard to balance tastefulness with truth. The story and the characters are an organic undertaking. Each novel starts as a seed that germinates – takes root and with lots of patience and nurturing sprouts and takes shape. The Masters and Lindseys was just such a seed. Sedahlia is quite simply their story, aRead More →

Naming characters is no small task and writers are always on the lookout for inspiration. For Sedahlia, I didn’t have to look far. John Masters is my great-great grandfather’s name. Jessie is my beloved great grandmother’s name. While Sedahlia’s Jessie always seemed on the verge of wanting to slap somebody, the real Granny Jessie was the most peaceful woman I knew. Her favorite place was her rocking chair and when she took a quiet moment to sit there, she always had a Bible in her hand. That just goes to show there is more to character development than a name. Description, costume, dialogue, body language,Read More →

Sedahlia Take a Look! From the stories she told, Nanny had done many things – picked cotton, worked as a domestic and custodian, even owned her own cafe – and she did it all with a joy for life, a sense of humor and a feisty spirit. On holidays, the doorbell would ring and our family gathering would be interrupted by the white children she took care of long before I was born. Now grown, they always came with hugs and presents. Her smile genuine, Nanny greeted them warmly and never uttered a disparaging word even after they were gone. I was jealous of this other family that claimedRead More →

I have tried to capitalize on social media with my latest release. The jury is still out on what is and is not working for me. If you write Christian fiction or non-fiction I suggest you try the Book Club Network (TBCN). TBCN is a readers club that offers many outlets for authors to connect with readers.They have really trained their members to give fair reviews and to post them on several sites. I also tried a Goodreads giveaway. Again the goal was to get reviews. I offered two different novels on Goodreads. Goodreads readers tended to rate the book without posting a review. Most of my reviewsRead More →

Share at will. I’m trying something new. Here’s a chance to win a digital copy of Sedahlia. Just follow my Author Page on Amazon. Good luck! See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: SEDAHLIA (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/30704a6f9e4b0ef6 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 31, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.Read More →

Writing is the easiest thing I do as an author. Marketing is the hardest. Every time I ask someone to buy my book, read my book and/or hopefully review my book, I am asking for judgement. When its good, its very good. When its bad, it stings. I try not to take it personally. I try to find value in the feedback I am receiving, both good and bad. I am determined to stay true to myself, the characters and their story. That means sometimes, I offend some people. I don’t set out to offend anyone, but I have to tell it like it is. IRead More →

The fourth and final installment is here. Check out my last article for Book Fun Magazine (for now). I must admit I enjoyed the challenge of writing a regular article. It’s a bit hard for this introvert to get personal and open up about myself, but I did it 4 months in a row. Enjoy! Eggnog and LaughterRead More →

Hitting My Stride Hitting My Stride is my third article for Book  Fun Magazine. The fourth and final installment will be out in December. November is nearly over, but it’s not too late to catch this latest installment. The turkey is done and I am thankful and just plain full. I hope you are having a restful holiday.Read More →

What would you do if your child announced that he or she was off on some grand adventure? Check out my article Wolf? WWoof? What? on page 172 of the October issue and see how I managed to keep my sanity and find peace of mind. This is my second article for BookFun Magazine. You can still read my article in the September issue. Look for additional articles in November and December.Read More →