Goodreads Author Page

January 23rd. 2017


I’ve added an author page to the Goodreads website and there will blog posts there as well. Since that links to Amazon, the exposure might be a bit shinier.

Reaching One Single Reader

January 18th. 2017

I about cried last night. My proof copy of the Big Inch came to my door. (Thank you, Mr. Chumley, my UPS driver.) Seeing the beautiful cover, the text all lined up like little soldiers, and feeling the heft of it was poignant. I’ve been writing for 20 years, and this is my debut novel. Depending on how the book is received, you might say I was a 20-year, overnight success. Or not. All it takes is one single reader. A spark that lights a fire. A conversation that launches a groundswell. Or a bad review that put an X over my title. I’m an optimistic person, I know my mother will buy a few copies.

The thing is, it’s freeing. This realization of a dream, this completion of a cycle, this finished novel. I’ve been meaning to do it for years. And now it’s done. And waiting on one single reader.

Excitement Builds

January 12th. 2017

The details of my debut novel, The Big Inch, are coming in like confetti. From book cover designs, to marketing materials, to endorsements, to release party plans, all things that give me both cause to celebrate and a splash of cold water. (This really is my first rodeo.) I don’t want to miss a moment. As this is my first time to publish independently, I’m managing elements I’d previously assumed others would do. That’s both exciting and daunting. I must have more of a inner control freak than I ever realized because I do love managing the details of how this book is written, packaged, and released into the world. Here’s hoping I have fun learning from mistakes, and gather a whole lot of good memories to do it all again  . . . down the road.

Editing isn’t for wimps

January 10th. 2017

The editing process for a book is better suited for those that enjoy details. And more details. And details that come back to bite you. Because I’m writing historical fiction, it’s important to not only nail the structure, grammar, and spelling issues, but also the physical accuracy of an era. As one who like big, broad strokes, this is detail work. But as with most forms of art, it’s the details that make a masterpiece. Not to suggest I’m writing something of say the equivalent of Monet, but I think we all recognize that authors who put grit into the editing, create more satisfying stories.

As soon as my rough draft is returned from a resident historical expert, I’m sitting down to do more hard work.