Welcome to Mountain Brook Ink's 2018 Holiday Blog Tour! We're so excited you've decided to join us on this journey of family, friends, traditions, and memories over the next month. You as our reader have done so much to pour into our lives, and this season we want to give back to you with insights … Continue reading 2018 Holiday Blog Tour Stop #8 Christmas in New England
Do you folks know I have a book coming out? I do! But you'd think it was a secret since I've been too busy to let anyone know. Ah, life. You know how it is. The Redemption Road is coming out in August, just days away! This is the third and final book in the … Continue reading Almost Here – The Third and Final Book!
It’s been an interesting year. Last May I left a high-tech job because the particular area I was an expert in, a niche of video conferencing, was going the way of the cassette tape. I had become a dinosaur. In taking some months off to write, attempt a freelance career, I gave myself the chance … Continue reading In Print This New Dog Learns Old Tricks
Backstories, we've all got them. When writing a novel I give a backstory to all my characters, even the secondary ones, even if the information never makes it to the page. I want them to feel like real people, and real people interact with others, based in part, on their past experiences. If those experiences … Continue reading The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory
Humans are social critters. Plenty of us enjoy our alone time (raises hand), but none of us enjoys being lonely. There’s a vast difference in those two realities. It’s entirely possible to be lonely in a crowd of other people. Disconnected humans are often those that act out in self-destructive and violent ways. We long … Continue reading Who Are You? Labels Aren’t for People
After battling a nasty virus I am back at the keyboard working on book three. Over the last few days, I’ve been able to have a range of folks read the early, un-edited chapters. I noticed that about half the people were tripping up on the same, small detail. I gave Annie, the female MC, … Continue reading The Joy and the Terror of Feedback
I realize in writing this that it will be a drop in the crashing wave of other first of the year blogs and may not make it's point as well for the deluge, but I'm doing it anyway. I rarely make New Year's resolutions, but I do establish goals and I think over the ones … Continue reading Forgiving 2017