A Walk on the Writing Side

It’s interesting how our lives take spins and turns, based on choices. I actually started writing back in the late 1980’s. Spring Blossom was my first published work and was one of the two launch books for the Berkley Homespun series that was extremely well received in the 1990’s. I went on to write 5 more historical romance stories for the series.

Then I was asked to write a non-fiction book and I accepted. Big mistake…a huge mistake for me. I was a long way from retirement then. I was working 5 days a week and, as it turned out, working the weekends as well because that is how it felt, working on the non-fiction. It took two years. During that time my muse went into hiding and my passion for writing romance disappeared along with it.

A very well known Romance Author once told me that she wrote something everyday, no matter where she was or what else she had to do. She was afraid, if she didn’t write everyday, she would never write again.
Hmm…profound, now that I look back on it.

But this new, wonderful world of e-Books is an exciting venture. I was thrilled to see Spring Blossom available again and I’m currently re-typing Family Reunion to make it available, also. Unfortunately, at this stage, those are the only two books for which I have had my rights returned. But I’ve requested the rights to the others and am awaiting THE word.

As I am working these days, I’m hopeful that my muse will come out of hiding and hit me on the back of the head. I need new characters mingling around in there, telling me what to do. LOL

Signing off today as…Hopeful.

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Ready or Not…

eWorld, here I come. I hope. Venturing into the digital book world has been quite an experience. I’ve torn my hair out over formatting, dragged my heels because I’m old enough that big changes are to be resisted! Always! *g* Finally told myself to get over it and move on. Reminds me of the day someone mentioned ‘wireless’ internet connection. I argued that one…how could one connect to the internest without a phone line? Humph!

Guess who is working ‘wireless’?

This morning I uploaded Spring Blossom to Amazon Kindle and it is “In Review”. If I’ve submitted it properly, the book should be available in the Kindle Store in approx. 48 hours. This was my first published book, now out of print. It’s like a first baby…well, close enough that you get my drift. And it’s about to be re-born. Ha!

Am I excited? Damned right I am! *g* I’m reserving my Cheshire Cat grin until I see Spring Blossom in the Kindle Store, however. So, call me a doubting, weak-kneed and exhausted. I am.

It’s been quite a morning. Time to make another pot of coffee…or maybe I’ll just warm up the cold stuff in my cup by adding a dash of brandy.

Cheers!

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Spring Blossom

Just wanted everyone to see the beautiful cover for my out-print-book, Spring Blossom. This cover was designed and totally developed by my friend, author, Marsha Canham. I am so pleased with this cover. Thanks again, Marsha.

Now, I have the cover, where is the e-book, you might ask? It’s coming. I’m getting there. It will be my first attempt at doing this but, first, I’m re-typing the entire story. Spring Blossom was written in 1991…on a typerwriter. Remember those? So, no disc to transfer the data. But I really don’t mind re-typing the book. While I’m not changing any major components of the story (I wouldn’t dare, or fans of that book would have something to say) but it does give me a chance to change some choices of phrasing in the dialogue that have plagued me. So, the typing is almost done…then the proof-reading and one last edit review. Then, all I have to do is upload it to Amazon, etc. Wish me luck!

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Memories

Just came back from Trooper’s evening walk. Not a bad night, cool but I was comfortable in a light jacket and we have a 3/4 moon and lots of stars are visible.

Starting to see pumpkins, scarecrows and orange lights at various houses and I made a mental note to start bagging up some treats for the kids who will come to call. We don’t see as many children at the door as we used to…in the past I would make up 100 bags containing chips and gummy bears and little chocolate bars. But parents seem to be opting for house parties for their children, more and more. I suppose that’s the safe choice but it’s a very sad statement to our times.

I was raised in a very small town and trick or treating was very much anticipated. No one would have dreamed of finding razor blades or pins in the treats. We kids ran everywhere around town and would race first to get to the home of the Graydon sisters, because…the Graydon sisters made candy apples. But they only made maybe a dozen. If you weren’t there fast enough, you ended up with a handful of popcorn thrown into your treat bag. LOL Those were the days!

I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of fond memories of childhood and vacation trips I’ve taken to far away places. Some of my favorite memories are from driving trips throughout the United States and Canada and I’ve used some of these in my books. A situation over breakfast in an old railway car turned restaurant, of all things, in the country in Connecticut comes to mind. Breakfast was great and the conversation at the next table was very interesting. My story entitled, Lila’s Dance, benefited from that trip.

I love how memories just jump into the foregrounds of our minds. What would we do without them?

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New Blogger…Beware!

Well, I don’t know for sure how I got here, but here I am!  Blogging for the first time. LOL. This could prove to be a mess, but we’ll see. Just remember, please, that my intentions are good as I learn.

I’m the author of several historical romance books that were published in the 1990’s. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I’ve been away from writing for the past 10 years but I’ve never lost my passion for reading or for writing. I have retained friendships within the writing and reading communities that have kept me afloat and now that I have retired from the old day job, I’m hoping to get back to my first love…writing stories that entertain.

I am currently working at obtaining the rights back to my out of print books and converting them to ebooks. So far, I have the rights back for two; Spring Blossom and the sequel, Family Reunion. Because these books originated via a typewriter (remember them?) I’m having to retype the books. But that’s okay…I’m enjoying getting back into the ‘feel’ of my work, if you know what I mean.

After being away for 10+ years, I’ve been certain no one would remember my work but just this week a dear friend and author, Marsha Canham, emailed me a note that Family Reunion was listed in a reader letter to Romantic Times Magazine, Sept. issue, as one of her favorite books featuring a disabled hero. How pleased was I? Dammit, I cried! That’s what makes the work and sweat of writing all worthwhile…even one reader remembering, and enjoying, the story.

Well, that’s all I’m going to dare for tonight.  I’ll be back to try again and hopefully build some confidence in this world of blogging.

Best to all and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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