Why Write “Don’t Forget the In-Laws: The Other Side of Dementia’s Fence?”

Am I "normal," whatever that is? Why doesn’t anyone seem to care about me? Can’t they ask about something other than my in-law? Those of us “stuck” with being the son or daughter-in-law of a dementia patient often ask these questions of ourselves and the world around us. What are we to do? It seems all of the world’s information is written for the biological sons and daughters, other caregivers, and grandchildren of the patients. This very feeling of being left out of the loop once my mother-in-law [...]

My Story – (Sarah Shearer)

I was suffering with bad depression, too scared to leave the house alone; I felt my life was worthless, until one day a friend suggested I get a dog. I know, what has this got to do with writing a book? In my case everything. I adopted a husky/malamute cross from my local animal shelter. She was a year and a half old. Her name is Kia. As you can imagine a young pup like Kia would need plenty of exercise, so out we would go, she is [...]

A journey of love

Writing for me is opening my heart in many ways. The pen and paper was a place I could share my most intimate feelings. I like many other writers feared sharing my works with others. Feelings of rejection or that people would not like my words. When my Mother passed away in 2010 decided to share my art and found myself on the road to self publishing my first book. It was a journey of love for me like the arrival of a new baby. Each step working with a publisher [...]

Why did I write my first book “Outside In”

Actually, this book wasn't the idea for my first book. Back in the 1980s, I was sitting with a friend and discussing the situation in the Middle East with Tom Sutherland and Terry Waite. One of the things we discussed was: What would s*omething like that be for a woman? From that discussion Cameron Andrews was born. She'd be a CIA agent who got caught up in a political situation and would spend several years in captivity in a foreign country. As I started to write, I kept [...]

Writers: We need to BE Walter White!

I recently finished watching "Breaking Bad." (Don't worry, I'm not going to give anything away.) I, the writer, the creative one, wept during the final scene. My husband, not so creative, did not. I have a theory about that. For those of you not familiar with this TV show, Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who, on his 50th birthday is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His wife is about to have their second child and their high school aged son has special needs, so money [...]

Follow your dream, become an independent author

I subsidy published my novel, "Tennessee Transplantation", in December 2012, that was written  years prior.  After writing the novel, I submitted it to two agents to obtain marketing assistance. Both  liked my writing and characters, however they wanted me to move the characters to an urban setting and add sex and violence to the story.  It wouldn't have even resembled my theme, if I had bowed to their change. The few family and friends that I allowed to read it , enjoyed it.  My sister commented she didn't [...]

My thoughts on self publishing

Hey readers! Let me introduce myself, my name is Donisha but I write under the pseudonym Queen G. I am 33 years old with two teenagers. I have enjoyed writing since I was 6 years old. My parents tell me that it came from my joy of talking and being nosy, lol. I didn't really think of my writing as anything more than a hobby at first, a second maybe even third love. That was before I was diagnosed with Lupus though. When that diagnosis came I slipped [...]

How Do You Plan Your Book?

For authors or even aspiring authors, planning a book is far from easy. And every writer is unique, going on a different path just like our fingerprints are distinct. Some writers are pantsters, a phenomenon that involves “flying by the seat of your pants” and allowing the ideas for the book to come to you willy-nilly. The book is unplanned, but some authors are able to still accomplish a pretty impressive manuscript using this technique. Other authors are plotters; they plan out the book every step of the [...]

What To Do When It’s Hard to Keep On Track

When I started writing my book six years ago I had no idea if I would ever finish it. Me? Finishing a project? You have to be kidding me! I am a busy mom of two, and a fantastic wife and homemaker who also happens to be a professional rockstar on the weekends… I am one busy woman! But with much love and support by those closest to me, in the fall of 2014 I finished my first manuscript. Granted it wasn’t edited, but I finally finished it!!! [...]

Angels & Arrows

Hi all! My name is Reyna Hawk and I’m the author of Angels & Arrows which was released in October of 2014. First, I will tell you a little about me, then the book and finally I will move on into my writing style and the reason I chose to write Angels & Arrows. I am a 47 yr. old mother of one grown son and grandmother to one beautiful little girl. I was born and (basically) raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I say basically because I have moved [...]

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