I’m not exactly sure what this post is going to turn into. Maybe I’ll post it when I’m done and maybe I won’t. News of Alton Sterling’s death hit the news yesterday and post after post has shown up in my newsfeed, but I haven’t been able to watch the video. Not sure if I ever will. The videos from incidents in the last couple of years have done me in. My background . . . I grew up in a diverse neighborhood. My family and social group were and are both quite diverse. I’m not trying to wear that as a badge, it’s just how things are and I wouldn’t change a thing. So, while I will never know exactly what it’s like to be any other race, I’ve witnessed prejudice and racism first hand and I’ve had numerous discussions with people I trust about issues that some might find … click here to read the full article.
Guest post by Faith Blum Last July when I wrote the novel that inspired three novellas, I had no idea how pertinent they would be to my life as I edited The Solid Rock. Some of the themes tackled in TSR were depression, trusting God no matter what, and doing the right thing even when it’s hard. In July, it was easy to write that because it was such a great month and everything seemed to be going well, especially my writing. I wrote about 60,000 words in 32 days. By hand. Then a couple of months passed. I don’t remember exactly what was going on at the time, but when I started reading through TSR and editing it, I was feeling a bit down. Not quite depressed, but not joyful. And trusting God and doing the right thing were a bit challenging for me at the time. I honestly … click here to read the full article.
Hey, everyone! I am so excited to share my most recent interview with you. Please welcome Officer Deon Joseph, a.k.a. The Skid Row Cop. His work as an advocate for the people of Skid Row has garnered a lot of much-needed attention to the problems that plague the homeless in Los Angeles. He does it with heart, hard work and when appropriate, humor. He’s very entertaining! Before I go any further, let me tell you something. Many of you know that I’m from Topeka, Kansas. We’re the capital, but not all that big. I pay a lot of attention to things that concern the homeless population locally, but I’d never heard of The Skid Row Cop in L.A. One day, I saw the below video on the internet. Not only was I intrigued by the subject matter, but it came at a time when our news was filled with a … click here to read the full article.
Bokerah Brumley is one of six authors who published a story in the new release, Where the Light May Lead, an anthology which contains six bite-sized stories of women living out their faith in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. Besides being an awesome author, Bokerah also manages eReader Obsession, a service that alerts readers to special deals on books that are temporarily free or on sale. So you should definitely run over there and sign up so you’ll have the added benefit of getting these alerts. Keep scrolling down to see a sample of Bokerah’s writing. Geiger Sweets Feb 21, 2021 Cordova Township, Illinois Beneath a face mask, Adamma sucked on a hard candy as she moved the Geiger counter. Her one bad habit. Sweets. Her co-worker had given her a bag full before she left headquarters for the three-week assignment. Thank goodness, she’d been able to finagle her way into the top-of-the-line radiation … click here to read the full article.
Recently, I had a fabulous idea. On my Facebook author page, I invited friends, family, and fans to send in their poetry works. As you can see, the idea was well received and quite a few poems came in. The submissions speak for themselves! Take a look. √♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v– How to Write a Book by Alex McGilvery Write Write some more Write until you get to the end of the story. Do a little happy dance. Tell people that you wrote a book. Read your book. Crawl under your desk and weep and bang your head against the wall until the sound makes the neighbours crazy. Re-write the book adding some annoying neighbours. Get pulled into the story again. Rant and rave at your characters. “Behave,” you say, “or I’ll kill you off.” They laugh and run off to dance in the moonlight. Bang your head some more. Apologize to the neighbours, … click here to read the full article.
Every now and again I like to veer away from the norm and interview some of the folks I’ve met along the way. Today, my interview is with Indie Filmmaker, Victor Greywolf. He and I both wrote guest blogs for Amused Now and I took an interest in his blog topic in dispelling myths. Victor. Thanks for saying ‘yes’ to the interview. V: Thanks for having me. Where are you originally from? V: New York State. I grew up in Central Islip, which is in Long Island. How did you get into filmmaking? V: It was an act of desperation. Really? Please explain. V: I developed an interest in it via watching movies since my parents were movie buffs. I watched ALL kinds of movies cartoons. What child doesn’t, right? I’ve always had a great imagination and people said I wrote great stories. I also did stand up and draw my own comic books. Impressive! V: By 2004, I’d been … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back for another interview in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Today, I’m welcoming Donna Hart, a children’s picture book author who resides in Kansas. I have to say it’s been great having so many children’s authors as guests on my site. I love having a little something for everyone! Donna, I appreciate your willingness to be interviewed for this series. D: Thank you for having me! Let’s start with your roots. I know you’re not originally from here. D: That’s right. I grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and have lived in Kansas for almost 9 years now. So what’s your most and least favorite thing about Kansas? D: My favorite thing about Kansas is my husband, our cats and my mother and father-in-law. The worst thing about living here is the distance that it is from my mother and brother in Massachusetts. That is quite a distance and certainly … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! Do you have a teenager or young adult at home who gobbles up books then scavenges for more? If so, you don’t want to miss this! Today, I have an author who might be able to satisfy their cravings. Susanne Lambdin is the author of The Dead Heart Novel Series. Take a look! Hi, Susanne! Welcome and thanks for taking the time to talk with me about your life and work. S: My pleasure! I’m ready to talk to you about zombies! But since you’re a native Kansan, I wanted to ask about that first. Where did you grow up? S: I am from Wichita, Kansas. Tell me a little bit about your background. Did you go to college? S: I attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a BA in Professional Writing. At the time I went to OU, you had to go through the Journalism school since they didn’t offer … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back! I want to start off by saying how much I appreciate you stopping by to check out my interviews with these fabulous people. I hope you’re checking out the rest of the website along the way! Anyone who has ever managed their own website knows how much work goes into these boogers so it means a bunch that you’ve spent any of your precious time here. With that said, I have another exceptional person for you to get to know today. Thank you for joining us today, Thomas. T: Thanks for your interest. Let’s start with where you’re orginially from. T: I’ve lived nearly all my life in this wonderful state of the Union. I lived most of that time in Fort Scott, Kansas, but have lived in Augusta where I graduated from high school, and Emporia where I graduated with two degrees. Impressive! May I ask what your two … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! Welcome to another edition in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Until the author fair at the Topeka Public Library, most of the authors I rubbed elbows with were all over the country and even the world. I didn’t really know too many of the folks here. It’s been a pleasure to get to know some authors who live right around the corner! Today my interview is with Jan Allison. Welcome, Jan. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to interview you. J: Thank you! Are you originally from Kansas? J: Yes, Dodge City. Have you lived in Kansas your whole life? J: Yes, for 73 years Wonderful! When did you start your writing journey? J: I was the curriculum person at McConnell AFB in Wichita and in charge of the preschool curriculum. I found a need for books on Kansas history written for a lower age level. I knew that … click here to read the full article.