Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Blast: The Wicked: Storm Michaels by Linsey Davids



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Title: The Wicked: Storm Michaels
Author: Linsey Davids
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook


Emily Richards is a shy young woman who has been a nobody for years, invisible to everyone she secretly wishes would notice her. Now as she and her best friend, Oliver, prepare to start classes at Harvard, they also focus on nurturing their obsession with the rock band, The Wicked. Storm Michaels is a bad boy rocker with brooding eyes and long black hair who has the pick of any woman he desires. One night, after a chance encounter backstage leads him to meet Emily—the woman he never knew he wanted—Storm makes it his mission to capture her heart. As Emily emerges from her shell and transforms from a fangirl to a woman in love with the man of her dreams, she sets down a new path that includes balancing premed classes with jetsetting around the world with her famous boyfriend. But is their love strong enough to endure the spotlight and distractions of the other women who are constantly throwing themselves at Storm? In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, a college student and a bad boy rocker must attempt to endure the challenges of a relationship that plays out in front of the world.

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Linsey Davids is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She is a cancer survivor who loves trying new things and putting positive energy out into the world. Linsey lives in Cape Town, South Africa. The Wicked: Storm Michaels is her first book.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Marie Drake's You Can't Force Love Pre-Order Blitz!






YOU CAN'T FORCE LOVE by Marie Drake, Realistic Fiction, 286 pp., $4.99 (kindle)

“A battered butterfly, he’d build Kimberly up, nurture her strength and watch her return to flight. He repressed the visions dancing in the back of his mind; her naked body brandished red flags and spurred him to stampede. Bulls and butterflies did not mix.”

Jordan Fry’s obsession is born in “You Can’t Force Love” by Marie Drake, Book I in the Locked Hearts Series.

From different towns and social backgrounds, Jordan Fry and Kimberly Orvine experience life-altering abuse, lose a parent and land in the same foster home. Angry, and self-deprecating, fiery redheaded Kimberly is deadset on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences, punishing herself for former sins. Scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan has vowed to change for the better. He focuses on Kimberly as the key to his success, but she intends to make him break his promises. Unaware of Jordan’s atrocious actions in the past, she’s dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?

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July 1986
Crescent Hollar Trailer Park
Gloucester City, New Jersey

Fresh, black pavement radiated visible heat; scorched grass crunched beneath Jordan’s feet; sweat drenched his shoulder-length, blonde hair, and it clung to his neck. The mobile home park’s road ended at a small store; he paid twenty-five cents for two ring-shaped lollipops, saved a pink candy, unwrapped a blue one and reclined on a canopy shaded bench.
A black and yellow butterfly fluttered toward him; sunlight clarified its translucent wings and turned it magical, otherworldly. Jordan stared at the creature hovering above his leg. It glided to his knee. Tiny feet danced on his bare skin, a slight tickle. Sparkling like gold dust; glowing, powdery residue transferred on his fingers. Airborn again, impulsively, he reached and knocked it to the ground; one wing beat up and down.
Humming distracted him, and he stepped on the butterfly as he crossed the road. Lily skipped across the grass in pink, canvas sneakers. Her long, cinnamon-colored hair billowed; it tapped her thin, white blouse below her shoulder blades and bounced with each step. A faint halo highlighted her lovely features. Enhanced by sapphire-colored stones in her ears, her blue eyes shined brighter than the butterfly. She smiled. Calescent stomach pain folded him in half. With gritted teeth, he straightened, took a step, smiled back at her, and offered the ring-pop from his pocket.
“Strawberry, my favorite.” She tugged the lollipop from its wrapper and slipped it into her mouth. Her eyes crinkled in the sun. She dragged the candy over her lips with a final sucking motion, lifted her hand and let the sunshine filter through the gem-shaped sugar. “Pretty,” she said.
Pain struck Jordan again, stronger. It radiated through his lower body. Lily held his hand and walked along the road’s edge. She stopped at a red and white toolshed at the corner of her backyard. Jordan peeked into her driveway, no car.
“Just one time, right?” Lily asked. She closed her eyes.
Jordan smothered her with his mouth; she panicked and struggled, but he closed in and restrained her. His mind emptied, his eyes went blank; a blinding drive took over, and he pressed her to the ground. Tear-filled eyes didn’t dissuade him.
A horn honked, and a door slammed near the house; he froze. Lily’s dad carried grocery bags. Jordan rolled. She ran toward home; he traced her body’s imprint in the grass and discovered a shimmering deep-blue earring.
A vice clamped his arm, and with a yank, he met angry eyes; he cowered inches below Lily’s father’s face.





 






Award-winning author, Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband, four sons, and three rescue pups. With many years of experience in the Foster Care community and advocating for other victims and survivors, she specializes in realistic and psychological fiction depicting the lives of abuse sufferers; their obstacles, their triumphs, and their downfalls.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Blast: Angelica's Discoveries by Otilia Greco






Title: Angelica's Discoveries
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

High in the Swiss Alps in a quaint village far away from the chaos and destruction of World War II, Angelica leads an idyllic childhood haunted by only one thing—her fear of water. But as Angelica develops into a strong, independent woman, her desire to travel becomes overpowering, and she vows to overcome her paralyzing fear one day. Now her chance has come. Even as Angelica’s father attempts to squelch her insatiable desire to explore Greece and eventually meet her Uncle Victor in the New World, Angelica secures a job as a travel guide and bravely books her first passage on a voyage captained by an old Greek. As Captain Angelis adds wisdom and comfort to Angelica’s first voyage, he has no idea that an unexpected adventure awaits them in the unpredictable Mediterranean Sea. Strengthened by her traumatic experience, Angelica safely arrives in Greece where she quickly proves herself in her new job. But when she is pursued by a handsome Greek, she soon realizes that her heart lies with someone else. As Angelica’s heart leads her in a new direction, she must bravely face her fear once again as she embarks on a challenging adventure to the New World where her true destiny awaits.

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Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps, was educated in Switzerland, England, and France, and is fluent in six languages. She draws much of her inspiration from Greece, where she guided tours after graduating from Zurich University of the Arts (HGKZ). Greco and her husband currently reside in Switzerland. She is also the author of: Dreams, An Odyssey of Love and Mystery.

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Book Blast: The Magical Christmas Do Over by Linda West



Title: THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DO OVER
Author: Linda West
Publisher: Morningmayan Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Holiday

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Three women, thrown together by fate, get a second chance to go back in time and change their lives forever.

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    It was a cold December eve, some say the coldest in decades, and a blizzard warning was in effect. It was the Friday before Christmas and most of the other workers of Kennedy and Crane had already left for the Christmas holiday weekend.

      Samantha looked at the clock and groaned inwardly. It was after 8 o’clock and her boss was in an extra foul mood even for her.
    “Shouldn’t you be getting home to put on that awesome Chanel dress you bought for the big night?” She asked.

     Macy spun around enraged, and Samantha sunk back.
     Macy’s dark brows knit together and her brown eyes looked nearly black with the size of her pupils. She ran her hands through her short dark hair and then stared at Samantha with disbelief on her face.

     “I got a text from Todd an hour ago. He’s gone off to LA with some friends for Christmas!”
Samantha’s mouth fell open. “What, why?” She stopped herself. “I’m sure he has a good reason Macy.”
     Macy snorted. “Yeah, good reasons usually don’t come in a text. I’m losing him Sam.”

     Macy plopped down in her chair and stared out the large picture window of her sleek office, and tapped her long manicured nails on her desk like a woodpecker.
     “Says he’ll call me when he gets back…in a month.”
     Samantha’s groaned inwardly. Poor Macy, it looked like she was getting the ultimate big let down. Broken up with at Christmas. No engagement celebration after all.

    “Here’s a piece of mail you didn’t get.” Sam offered up happily as she placed it on Macy’s desk.

    “Send it back.” Macy said dully without turning.

     Samantha continued hopefully. “It’s not the annual Christmas invite from your mother Macy, that one is always in a red envelope. I always send that back. This is something different.”
    Samantha looked at the pretty Tiffany blue colored envelope.
     “It’s addressed to you personally, not the company.”
    Macy cocked her head to the side intrigued.
    Sam rushed on eager to bring some sort of happiness to her boss. “Maybe it’s a love letter from Todd with two tickets to Paris for when he gets back?”
    Macy let out a big huff and gazed out the window at the oncoming storm. They both knew that wasn’t the case. Todd’s last minute text was just a breakup in disguise.
     But if not Todd then who? Macy really didn’t have any close friends that would send her a Christmas card. Anyone that did know her at all, knew she abhorred Christmas. Too much money being spent in the name of sentimentality and tricky marketers as her father always said.

     Macy waved her hand without looking back at Samantha as if she were a servant.
     “Read it.”
     Samantha scanned the letter, then suddenly, caught her breath and brought her hand to her heart.
     “Macy.”
     Something in Samantha’s tone made Macy spin her chair around.
    “What?”
      “Its from a friend of your mothers, a Ms. Carol Landers.”
      “You have got to be kidding me!” Macy threw her hands up in the air.
Now my mother is having her friends beg me to come home and visit her? How utterly selfish!”
      She shook her head in disbelief. “What is it with my mother? She ruins my life and then she stalks me! Can’t she see no matter how many times she begs me to come home for Christmas - I’m not going to Kissing Bridge to see her?”
      Samantha swallowed uncomfortably and croaked out, “I’m so sorry Macy. But this letter says that your mother passed away yesterday, and you’re the only relative left to claim her body.”
      She looked up sadly and met Macy’s stunned eyes.
     “You have to go home to Kissing Bridge.”



 






Linda West is an Amazon best seller and author of the best selling series ‘Christmas Kisses and Cookies.’ She writes books that feature food and fun and includes her own recipes from her quaint beach cafĂ© in Malibu.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Meet the Author: Preston Howard, Author of The Sheltering Palms




Preston Howard spent his entire career working on behalf of police officers, representing them under adverse circumstances, negotiating contracts to improve officers’ benefits and working conditions, and training police union officials in the art of leadership. He has written numerous books and lectured not only in this country but abroad as well.
His latest book is the fictional autobiography/historical fiction/satire, The Sheltering Palms.
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Title: THE SHELTERING PALMS
Author:
Preston Howard
Publisher:
Preston Howard Press
Pages: 519
Genre:
Fictional Autobiography/Historical Fiction/Satire

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Renowned police labor lawyer, Preston Howard, reached a watershed in his life—a forced retirement from the firm he built from the ground up and a cancer diagnosis. These two events made him take a step back and reflect over a life that had at times been hilarious, irreverent, self-mocking, eerie and even a bit, make that, quite lewd.
A family of unique characters guided the lawyer’s formative years: a bourbon-swilling, brilliant yet flawed grandfather who mentored the young lad in matters of religion, politics and the quest for knowledge; a psychic mother; an oversexed nanny; an aunt and uncle who fought on the front lines of integration; and a fire-balling uncle who got his fifteen minutes of fame in The Show.
Preston Howard first made his mark as a crime-fighting attorney representing the Tucson Police Department. Then he spent over forty illustrious years as a labor lawyer working with police officers and union leaders and handling the gamut of fascinating, high-profile cases across the country and even in other countries.
His many tall yarns might be viewed by some with the greatest suspicion, but his story-telling is undeniably first-class, witty, and absorbing.

PRAISE:
“The best book I’ve ever read about lawyers, cops, and unions.” Bob Helpert, Tucson, Arizona

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you? 

 I FIRST BEGAN WRITING IN MY LATE TWENTIES, COMPLETING A PROFESSIONAL BOOK ABOUT POLICE UNIONS.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie? 

ABSOLUTELY. I AM ALWAYS PICKING UP IDEAS THAT CAN BE USED IN A BOOK.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later? 

AS ABOVE, STARTED WRITING IN MY LATE TWENTIES.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do? 

USED TO HAVE A JOB. NOW RETIRED.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors? 

FIRST TIME OUT, WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. DON’T BECOME DISCOURAGED BY REJECTION BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE A GOOD BOOK, IT WILL EMERGE AT SOME POINT.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing? 

YES, I HAVE A MILD DOSE OF ADHD, SO SOMETIMES LET MY MIND GET OFF TASK.

What hours do you write best? 

NOW THAT I AM RETIRED, I WORK OUT IN THE MORNING AND WRITE IN THE AFTERNOON.

How often do you write? 

NOW, JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY.

Are you an avid reader? 

ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. WHEN I WAS WORKING, I READ A LOT OF HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHIES, OR AS MY DAUGHTER USED TO SAY, READ ABOUT DEAD PEOPLE. ALSO READ SOME FIRST CLASS AUTHORS LIKE TUROW, KING, GRISHAM. AND WAMBAUGH

What are you reading now? 

NOW THAT I AM RETIRED, MY READING HAS EXPANDED TO INTERESTING THRILLER WRITERS WHO DON’T JUST HAVE FORMULAIC STORIES, GOOD WRITERS LIKE JOSEPH FINDER AND GEORGE PELECANOS.

What are you currently working on?  

AFTER JUST COMPLETING MY FIRST NOVEL TITLED “THE SHELTERING PALMS,’ I AM NOW WORKING ON A SEQUEL.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Meet the Author: John Paul Tucker, Author of Shelter Island





John Paul Tucker holds degrees in Theatre and Theology and has many years experience as an Ontario Certified English Language Teacher, in addition to teaching mime, puppetry and Drama to teens and children. His unique journey has furnished him with an eclectic head of ideas.
                            
He is currently celebrating his 50th article on www.thewriterslessonbook.com, an educational website he created for writers, featuring writing tips and techniques harvested from the books we love to read. He has published poems in the Toronto Sun, Little Trinity Print Magazine and Imago Arts e-magazine. His poem City Sidewalks won first prize in a Toronto wide poetry contest. Two of his short stories, The Crooked Tree and The Debt Collector have each won a prize awarded by The Word Guild and The Prescott Journal respectively. You will find one of his fantasy stories recently published in the popular Hot Apple Cider anthology Christmas with Hot Apple Cider. JP has been busy polishing up The Rooster and the Raven King & The Rise of the Crimson King, Books II & III of The Song of Fridorfold trilogy, pursuing Cary, Clarisse and Gregory on their fantastic adventures.

John Paul is excited to be putting the final touches to his fourth novel, a YA fantasy inspired by the remarkable storyteller, George MacDonald. Gather the latest news about JP’s upcoming novels, enjoy a book trailer, dive into some free stories and poems, contribute some art work, take a peek at some photos, or for no other reason drop by to say hello at his official author website www.johnpaultucker.com.

John’s latest book is the middle grade fantasy adventure, Shelter Island.






Thirteen-year-old Cary and his sister Clarisse must return home every day after school to mind their eight year old brother, Gregory. “It’s a non-negotiable,” insist their work-obsessed parents. There is another problem. Clarisse and Gregory don’t like Cary much, and Cary doesn’t much like anything, especially being tagged with his gummy-fingered little brother. But their troubles are about to grow
talons.

While bickering over the contents of a small, intricately embroidered pouch, the siblings unintentionally summon three mail-clad birds, who hasten their three young conscripts to Shelter Island, refuge to a long divided realm hidden from the children’s homeland for hundreds of years. Spotted above enemy territory, the small company is attacked. Clarisse and Gregory escape to the caves of Husgard. Cary’s captors dispatch him to Vangorfold, a centuries old stronghold sworn to Husgard’s destruction. Entangled in a centuries old conflict, the children’s own blur of problems comes into sharp focus, hastening the fortunes, for good or ill, not only of a forgotten civilization of birds, but of the children’s homeland.

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At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

According to my mother, my kindergarten teacher declared her son would someday be an author. Where the teacher got that from, I haven’t a clue, and that ‘someday’ ended up a long way down a winding road. But I’ve always enjoyed stories, particularly fantasy or fairy tales. The natural world has always struck me as a magical place, infiltrated by presences we cannot see. Perhaps, my kindergarten teacher saw how much I loved to listen to or launch into a story. Keep in mind she also reported that I liked to take long naps, which all means, of course, that I can write in my sleep! Getting back the question in earnest, I started off in a professional career in theatre and was writing on the side. After many years, writing stories eventually got promoted from a side dish to the main course.

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I have always found stories compelling. Books opened up new worlds, introduced peculiar characters I would have liked to have as friends. Stories taught me profound truths which I could not grasp any other way. But it was Ernest Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a novella by Richard Bach that had the greatest impact on my young and impressionable imagination. I wept for Hemmingway’s old fisherman. Then, I got angry. I refused to believe that the old fisherman’s experience, which read like a sad parable, was all life had to offer. Jonathan Seagull, on the other hand, swept alongside a young artist and promised much, much more than meets the eye. I was astounded that stories could wield so much power. Perhaps, those novels were the turning point, a prompting a subconscious choice perhaps, that there would be no other path than that of the storyteller.

Do you have any writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Write. Read a lot. Pray regularly. Submit. Cry sometimes. Celebrate. Resist cryptic messages from your insecure brain, such as, “No one is going to give your stuff a second look.” Know writing is also a business — Repeat. I should add that my coaches have always been other author’s books, which is the primary reason I created www.thewriterslessonbook.com, a free educational website providing fiction writers tips and techniques harvested from the books we love to read.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Other than making another coffee (I’m a procaffeinator! I can’t do much until I’ve savored one — or two.), walking the dog, checking on my websites, visiting FB, looking into the abyss a la the Grinch, holding my head in my hands, sifting through the cat litter, answering emails, collecting my mail (with the dog!), watching the leaves turn color out my window and reading weird stories. Other than the above mentioned, I am a writing machine! Kidding aside, I pretty much get obsessed with what I happen to be working on and those things above can be welcome distractions.   

What hours do you write best?

Morning, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, sometimes well into the afternoon, every day hands down, in my barber’s chair or standing in front of my desk, which elevates or descends at the press of a button. Fun! As late afternoon turns to evening, my brain transforms into something between porridge and a stump, good for stirring in a pot or sitting on, but not much good for writing.
Do you work from notes when you write?
I primarily work with index cards (the virtual sort), writing short summaries of the chapters ahead, but most of the time I allow the unfolding sweep of the story and its character’s to take the driver’s seat. Which means, however, that I have to check the map a lot and do back adjustment edits. By the way, if you want to write, learn to love editing! Writing is much more than pouring out a first draft. Think of a sculptor, or a painter, who chisels or sketches out the first impression of her vision. After that it’s shaping, revising, smoothing, sharpening and detailing. Writing is editing.
What do you find most difficult about writing? What do you find most exciting or rewarding?

The most difficult thing I found about writing Shelter Island, or the books which followed, was the business aspect: submitting manuscripts, building and maintaining a ‘platform’ and selling books. The whole business of writing tends to dishearten rather than spur on a writer. Agents and publishers are often deluged with submissions. Publisher’s websites frequently include a note warning your submission is one of a multitude, from which a select few will clinch a second peek, that you will have to wait threescore years and ten before someone rescues it from the slough, and if that weren’t enough, the to-be-pitied author will only be contacted if his manuscript has managed to set said agent’s or editor’s heart ablaze. Lately, many publishers and agents will not do the author the courtesy of a form rejection letter. Kate Di Camillo once said persistence is the key; Keep writing, keep reading, and keep submitting. I say, write. Read a lot. Pray regularly. Submit. Cry sometimes. Celebrate. Resist cryptic messages from your insecure brain, such as, “No one cares.” Know writing is also a business — Repeat.

What are you currently working on?

Inspired by George MacDonald’s classic fairytales for adults, Lilith and Phantastes, I am putting the finishing touches to a Heroic Fantasy for ages 12 and up. Will Flint’s longing for his missing father ignites a dramatic and fateful quest into a mythical country (secret Book Title) in which the unseen things of the world have transformed into creatures of elemental power, a land in which an impulsive request transforms one realm and shatters another. It’s a little darker than my first books, but who doesn’t like to feel their heart thumping once in a while? You can watch the book trailer and find out more at my author website: www.johnpaultucker.com

Meet the Author: Richard Robbins, Author of Love, Loss and Lagniappe #blogtour @rrobbinsbooks




Richard Robbins has always liked telling good stories, but it was not until his youngest child left for college that he was able to find the time to put them into print.  His first novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes Richard’s Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!).

Richard is currently working on his second novel, Panicles, a multi-generational story of the intersecting fate of two families and the price of fame versus the simpler pleasures of a grounded life.

Richard lives in New York City with his love and inspiration, Lisa, his wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.

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Life is good for Dr. Drew Coleman, a successful young eye surgeon living in Uptown New Orleans, and he knows it. Having met and married his beautiful medical school classmate, Kate, the two settle
happily into the routine of raising their two young daughters.

Drew’s charmed life is soon shattered by devastating news, causing him to go on a ten-year transcontinental journey of self-discovery, during which he explores the nature of God and Man, the divine inspiration for many of New York’s landmarks and artistic treasures, and the relationship between the found and the lost souls passing on the street. He meets a number of memorable characters, including the young blue-haired runaway, Blue, who renounced her given name when forced to leave her Minnesota home with her girlfriend, Anna.

In time, he discovers and explains the scientific basis for the meaning of life, and is finally found, or finds himself, setting the stage for a bittersweet and memorable ending.

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At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?


I’ve wanted to write creatively since childhood, but could not find the time until my youngest son left for college.  Since I’ve begun writing full time, I’ve found the process to be even more enjoyable than I had expected.  It feels like I’ve suppressed my creativity for such a long time that it is now a joy to allow it to blossom.


Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?


No, not physical ones, but mental ones for sure.  I find myself looking for how they handle plot issues and character development.  I do keep a notebook, and write down (analog style – old school!) interesting thoughts or enjoyable anecdotes which I think might have a place in a future book.


Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?


I had written some technical articles, but not creatively since childhood.  My creative outlets had been limited to birthday cards and occasional public speaking opportunities.  I was surprised at how passionately I’ve embraced the writing process now that I am writing full time.


Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?


Write what pleases you before listening to other’s opinions.

Write how people speak, not how you want them to.

It’s hard to be a grown up.  There are lots of problems and sources of stress to confront on a regular basis.  If your writing brings a moment of joy and relief to one single person, then you’ve made the world a better place.  Rejoice in that fact.




Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?


The hard part is deciding what is unimportant, and having an understanding with your spouse and family about what that is.  

I’ve found that when I do write, it’s important for me to have an extended, uninterrupted period of at least 3 or more hours.  It takes a few minutes (and at least half a cup of coffee) for me to get into the creative zone, and it’s difficult to stay there if there are interruptions. 

My years in New Orleans got me used to working in coffee shops.  I like the ambient noise and activity.  I’ve found that it’s better to have less time in the proper environment and mindset, than more time in less a less ideal environment.


What hours do you write best?


I try to do two writing sessions a day, one from 9-12 AM.  Then break for lunch, then 1-5PM.  But life often gets in the way, so during the week, I will need to miss a few sessions for life’s activities.


Are you an avid reader?


I am, and have always been.  I read the New York Times every day, and am generally reading a novel much of the year. 


What are you reading now?


I just finished Nillu Nasser’s All The Tomorrows.  She’s an exciting new author, and her first novel has a number of similarities with mine.  It was interesting for me to see how she handled some of the same questions that I dealt with in my first novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe.


What are you currently working on?


My next novel is called Panicles.  A Panicle is a form of branching flower in which all branches come off one main stem, which feels like a metaphor for family lineage to me.  It’s a story of two families, one wealthy and powerful, one of more modest means, and their relationships to themselves and each other.  The story involves friendship, love, war, natural disaster, political intrigue, and a sacrifice which may change the course of history.

The fundamental question addressed is the price of fame versus the simpler pleasures of living a private, more grounded life.  This story will be longer and more ambitious, and there will be more humor, plenty of tears, and an ending you’ll never forget.  I’m looking forward to its release in Spring 2019.