Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

Photo Credit: Dark light… come shine in her lost heart tonight, taken on 26 November 2016 by Nikk: The Maniac Macrographer/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 I’ve talked quite a bit about inspiration on my blog. In this blog post I discuss how I believe inspiration is something you don’t sit around and wait for but go out and … Continue reading Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”

Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”

The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

Photo Credit: The young writer, 1958, on aTriumph Perfekt typewriter, manufactured by Trimph-Werke in Nuremberg, German: pellethepoet/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 ***Some spoilers*** Like many of my blog post ideas, this one began as the germ from an article I read and evolved through research. As a writer, of course I am always interested in the way … Continue reading The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

My 1-Year Publiversary

Photo Credit: Bucket of champagne bottles and glasses, uploaded 19 March 2017, author unknown: Pxhere/CC0 1.0 January 19 marked my one-year publiversary as a self-published author. A year ago on that day, my first book, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories was released, officially making me a self-published author with all the excitement and anxiety that … Continue reading My 1-Year Publiversary

Author Dream Series: Joanne C. Hillhouse

To close out our summer for the Author Dream Series, here’s amazing Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse’s contribution! Welcome and thank you, Joanne! I have this #Situationrightnow hashtag I sometimes use on my facebook author page (http://www.facebook.com/JoanneCHillhouse). It’s a quick way to let followers of the page know what’s up. But truth be … Continue reading Author Dream Series: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Writers Journeys

Photo Credit: Journey, fan art for video game Journey by That Gaming Company by Jem Yoshioka, taken on July 29, 2012: Jem Yoshioka/Flickr/CC BY SA 2.0 Every writer has a story about their journey to writerdom. I believe writers are not born but self-made. They choose to follow a dream that seems a little esoteric … Continue reading Writers Journeys