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The Kindness of Others

Many write from what they know. Author life experiences can create a myriad of different characters that inspire or antagonize the protagonist in the story. It’s so much like life.   Remembrance of acts of kindness makes a difference in character creation. When I witness people helping people and being generous in times of need, I am inspired. I have watched people with few resources doing what they can for others, giving away more than they can afford. I have felt sadness when there just wasn’t more I could do for someone. Sometimes illness or cruelty was a...
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The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

One of my favorite things to do is go to thrift stores and pick up books. I found this one at a local thrift store for twenty-five cents. Recently my daughters recommended that I cull my collection, and since this was a hardcover that I hadn’t visited at all it should go into the box. As with all my books, I had to give it further examination. It is a Barnes & Noble release that highlights the many quotes and letters by Benjamin Franklin. After perusing this book, I came to the conclusion that this man was a genius. Here are some highlights from a segment I...
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Not Everyone Can Become a Great Author b...

In preparation for tomorrow’s free Kindle eBook promotion of my WWII Memoir, Strictly G.I., I would like to provide some background regarding why this book is so special to me. The letters I’ve transcribed in the book were written by my Grandmother Wanda who served as a WAC during WWII. It’s also the first book I ever completed to the point of publishing, making it a very important milestone in my journey as an author. Soon, it will also become an audio book! It’s existence has been a gift to me ever since I pressed the publish button through...
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Launching a Novel

My novel, The Illuminiers has its first Amazon promotion today. If you haven’t had a chance to download it, get it here.  To be sure, launching a novel involves a number of steps. To begin with, the story was written during NaNoWriMo, so I was really crunching words by the end of November 2012. From there, I spent months editing my work. Next, I added my illustrations; but something was missing. I decided to give one of my five free print copies (a reward from Createspace for meeting and exceeding my 50K word goal – awesome deal by the way) to my daughter, who...