Her name was Regina and she was the first woman whose story inspired me to write The Porcelain Doll. She once worked in the main office of my children’s elementary school. Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, she volunteered at The Edwards’ Homestead in Sayville for their Christmas open house. Regina would tell visitors about her childhood in Germany. Surrounded by spinning advent pyramids … Continue reading The Women Behind The Porcelain Doll: My Inspiration
Being a writer is one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced. Although writing has become as essential to me as breathing, it has also become a formidable mountain to climb. On one hand, there are my wonderful readers. Thank God for them! They truly make all the hours, days, months, and years of writing worthwhile. But on the other hand, there has become … Continue reading Becoming Better
The Tin Box Secret is about to come out in an audible version on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! This is a big (huge) investment in my trilogy. As an Indie-Author, everything is up to me. I am the author, I hire an editor, I pay for the production of the book, it’s all on me. Now I am taking this next step to put the … Continue reading So Excited!!!!
You know those mornings when you wake up feeling tired? Whether if it’s because you didn’t sleep well or because you are just catching up on lack of sleep, but haven’t quite caught up yet? Then, finally, one morning you awake and you can feel the energy pulsing through your body! You feel the electricity as it makes its way to your fingertips and you … Continue reading Energy
My First Writer’s Digest Conference #WDC17 I wanted to share with you some things that I learned about myself after attending my first, ever, Writer’s Conference. 1. I am a “pantser,” no not a German tank, I suppose I “fly by the seat of my pants.” I am the type of writer who writes without a plan. Those other more organized writers are known as … Continue reading My First Writer’s Digest Conference #WDC17
Have you ever walked down a road early in the morning when the fog from the night before is just lifting? You can see clearly behind you and even for a the few feet ahead of you. But beyond that, is shrouded in fog. You can make out some shapes ahead of you, but the shapes aren’t defined. That’s what it’s like for me when … Continue reading First Draft
From the time you were small, Christmas has meant Santa’s visit and presents under the tree, Jesus’s birthday, traditions old and new, and making memories that will last me a lifetime. … Source: A Mother’s Christmas Wish Continue reading A Mother’s Christmas Wish
Some books are written based on a proven successful formula. They have all of the components to make for an engaging story-line. But there is a difference between these books and ones that are written from the heart and the soul. The former are well planned out, the latter unfold as imagination is let lose. I had a creative writing teacher in college who once … Continue reading In the End
Before I wrote “The Tin Box”, I didn’t have a clue as to how to go about writing a novel. I was under the impression that you started out with an idea of how it was going to go, you started writing and then you wrote until you got to the end . . . not so. In real life, that’s how it’s done. You start out … Continue reading Life in Layers
In my first year of college (1976-1977), I went back to visit my high school and met one of my English teachers, Mr. T, in his classroom. I told him, “I’m going to write a novel.” He smiled at me, and I could tell that his smile meant that he had heard that before from others and didn’t believe it for a minute that I … Continue reading The Road to Becoming an Author: It’s Been Quite a Ride!