Lately, my book club has been reading memoirs. “The Glass Castle” and “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.” Both stories were so vastly different but interesting. As we enter the later chapters of our lives I wonder if anyone would really care about my family story, except maybe our kids or grandkids. Now that my grandparents are gone and my parents as well, I wonder what stories I missed. Are most lives interesting enough to write about? In their entirety, probably not – but segments of all of our lives are compelling and interesting enough to share. Hence, the popularity of blogging, the proliferation of memoirs and people writing novels loosely based on their lives. All stories can be interesting – depending on how we tell them, of course. Ah, KEY: how well do we tell the story? Another key: the RELATIONSHIP with our readers. Do they care? It’s something to think about.
Researching the Oklahoma land rush of 1893 has been interesting and time-consuming. I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I blogged. My apologies, dear readers.
Life tends to interfere in many writer’s plans. Illness. Death. Work. Laundry. Home Repair. Vacation. Truly, life goes on. But creativity cannot be denied. It slips into our days in small ways. The key is to be grateful for every moment.
Make a note. Make a sketch. Leave a voice mail, just don’t forget. Capture the dream. Make note of the smells, sounds, sights and feelings you experience. They are the things that make stories real.
I love to write and learn new things. Please be patient. It takes a long time to write that first draft and edit and make it come to life. Thank you so much for reading my books, sharing your precious time with them, and letting everyone know if you enjoyed them. You inspire me. You make all the hours of work worth while.
Bless you, dear readers and Enjoy the Ride.
Your Every Move took me back to my younger years when my world seemed to change unexpectedly and finding solid footing often seemed beyond my grasp. Alternating between the security of a few trustworthy loved ones and being at the mercy of new relationships was daunting and sometimes dangerous. I enjoyed reading how Amanda faced her challenges and grew to trust herself and her decisions. Thanks for a story with love, suspense and mystery, and the reminder that growth is frequently the result of surviving painful circumstances. ~Janice L.
(Many thanks, Janice.)
Need a beach read? Need a book to read while traveling? Want a nostalgic look at the 80’s and college days? Want a little romance and intrigue? You can have it all in “Your Every Move,” out in print and e-book.
This quiet, magical book reminds us that we write our own stories every day of our lives.
When Aunt Charlotte disappears, Valerie steps in to help at her aunt’s little bookstore. What starts out as a chore turns into a time of discovery, not only of herself, but the power of books to take us into new and wonderful worlds, and finding new friends and their stories. Frankly, the possibilities are endless. I read this book in two days and enjoyed every moment.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
that escape those who dream only at night.”
-Edgar Allan Poe
“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”
“Your Every Move starts sweet and reels you in. Soon your heart is in your throat and you’re all about protecting the girl. Nice job – an enjoyable read”
~C. Hope Clark, author The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries, www.chopeclark.com