A Few Thoughts

As I write this, the United States is struggling to comprehend two recent mass shootings. In one case the killer's motives are clear - he left a manifesto full of white supremacist ideas an anti-immigrant rhetoric. He killed people purposely and targeted innocent strangers for the color of their skin and their country of origin. … Continue reading A Few Thoughts

2018 Holiday Blog Tour Stop #8 Christmas in New England

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

The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory

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

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Who Are You? Labels Aren’t for People

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