Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I think my favorite character in the book has to be Backus. I'm not sure his character is modeled after anyone I know. I never really had a grandfather in my life, but I suppose he represents what I would have wanted in one. When we first meet him in the story he seems to be crusty and even a bit of prude. He is serious about his role as a leader in the colony and expects everyone to understand how important he is.

Even though he may have some not-so-lovable characteristics, I still find myself really liking him. I think its because he really believes in who he is, and that makes it easier to believe in him. And, of course, in the end, his true character is revealed. I mean when he . . . Oh, wait, I don't want to give that much of the story away! I guess you better get to reading!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I often get asked how I came up with the idea for The Calling. It is difficult for me to explain without sounding a bit off my nut, but I'll give it a try. I'm sure writers have their own way of developing stories. Some take a very business-like approach and outline and prewrite, and all that other good stuff that was taught to them by some well-meaning english teacher. That has never worked for me.

Believe it or not, I actually hear characters talking to me in my head. They kind of pop up on their own and beginning telling me a story. Sometimes they don't stick around very long, and I never really get a chance to do anything with them. However, some, like Riley, the main character in The Calling, won't leave me alone until I put something down on paper. Sound crazy? Yeah, I know, but that really is how it works for me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Debut Novel

The Calling began, like so many of the stories that I write, as a voice somewhere in the recesses of my brain. As strange as this may seem, it is true. The voice continued to whisper to me, to grow in volume and urgency, until the little bird who would become Riley, the main character in the story, could no longer be ignored. Once I began to put words to paper, the story flowed as naturally as the river I used to play alongside as a boy.

I am so proud that I have finally found a professional outlet for my writing. My hope is that by reading what I create, others will be able to smile, laugh, and maybe even cry. Good writing is about pulling the reader into the story and pulling emotion out of them. I just hope those who decide to pick up something I have created enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Read More.....

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