Okay, Maybe Just Go Directly to GoodReads and Enter There

May 17th. 2017

Publishing my link to the GoodReads Social Media platform and the entry for the free giveaway looks like gobbled-gush. Maybe you should visit their site (there’s a link from my home page) and insert The Big Inch in the search browser and I’m sure the giveaway entry site will be there. Good luck!

Enter a Free Giveaway for The Big Inch!

May 17th. 2017

I’m a GoodReads author (and a long time reader!) So, I appreciate the value in readers endorsing books on this social media platform. To help the cause along, I’m offering a free giveaway for the book and hope you’ll enter!

Here’s the link:

 

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Radio Interview with DEAR Texas #blogspotradio

April 12th. 2017

It was a fun experience to talk about story crafting, history, and characters with Rox Burkey as we shared The Big Inch with listeners. Hope you enjoy this too!

A Video Explanation of the Big Inch Pipeline and How a War Was Won

March 15th. 2017

Huge Thanks to the Pine Tree HS Video Production Class for This Book Trailer for The Big Inch

March 15th. 2017

Blog tours, newspaper articles, and TV exposure

March 15th. 2017

The winds of March have whipped me around in the most delightful way. Kind of like dancing on air. As this is my first time to enjoy this sort of attention, I’m looking both ways and around trying not to miss a moment of meeting readers, supplying books, and retweeting awesome reviews. It’s a grateful heart that is soaking in all this goodness, and praying I don’t suffer too long from withdrawals in between book events.

KETK and The Big Inch

March 7th. 2017

Is there anything more gratifying than talking to someone curious about the subject matter to which you’ve unwittingly become an expert? Maybe, but for me today that goal was met during an interview with a local TV reporter who knew nothing about The Big Inch pipeline and respectfully admitted it. He was curious, and that’s a quality we see too little in our instantaneous, socially-connected world. There’s value in our history, and if we don’t bring it forward, we lost it.

Not sure if this will post, but I’ll try to link the new story for you here:

http://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/local-news/woman-in-longview-writes-novel-over-the-big-inch-pipeline/668272580

Vulnerability isn’t easy, but it’s good

March 1st. 2017

I had the opportunity to speak to Zonta Int’l members in Longview about the journey I’ve taken (a bit twisty, and not without it’s sudden drop-offs) and how grit and hope are the antidotes to digging one’s self into a hole when all obvious purpose and plans seem gone. I’d never articulated that message out loud and it was a liberating experience to talk about the lengths women (ok, me) will go to and the crap we willing to endure to further an intrinsic need to make a community better. For me, the end result was creating the novel, The Big Inch. But as with all writers, this is not really the end. It’s the beginning.

Writing Diversity

February 28th. 2017

One of the challenges I face in re-creating a city from 1942 is trying to be true to the era without being disrespectful to diversity. The Big Inch pipeline was built during a time when immigrants were flooding into East Texas in droves (jobs, oil-related business opportunities, easy money from gambling, etc.) The Texas city that this story centers around, Longview, dates back to a post-Civil War era and the city fathers/mothers built monuments to Confederate war heroes. Those attitudes hadn’t dissipated much by 1942. With my 21-st century mindset altered from those who fought the Civil War for States Rights (and a lot of those rights included slavery) it’s a bit off-putting to write historical characters of color (african and middle-eastern) and be authentic to the sensibilities entrenched in 1942. Particularly, as I feel different about people of color (all colors) than these predecessors. So, how to do this and not re-write a time or culture? It was hard. I can’t promise I got this right, either. But I did put thought into not repeating traditional, Southern stereotypes. As a daughter of the south, I’m well aware of where the lines were drawn, what I had no experience to speak of, was what was life like on the other side of the line.

I’d asked friends of color to talk to me about this 1940s culture, but most said they didn’t know or they weren’t from here. I think they know, they just didn’t want to talk about it. So I took what I knew, and I put myself in shoes that didn’t fit. I tried to walk a mile or so through my mental re-creations of Longview and I tried to imagine what it would have been like for folks who were seemingly invisible to the majority. I believe that regardless of the color of a person’s skin, there’s still character, dignity, and grit. I used that as a leaping off point. I’ll know how that translates when I hear what readers think.

Playlist for Characters

February 25th. 2017

Though I wasn’t smart enough to figure this out at the beginning of my novel crafting life, writing scenes to specific music has given an intuition to my character’s actions and comments–a zest that was missing before. It helped to sit down one afternoon and think through what style of music–and why–would appeal to the people coming to life on my pages. Some ┬ácharacters love music, love to dance, and can’t hear a tune without tapping their fingers. Other don’t even acknowledge that they recognize a particular singer or group. Much like personality profiles help to craft a character, music has a role to play too. Plus, it’s fun learning this aspect of a character and using that knowledge to make the story more authentic.