In addition to another four star rating that I received for my new ghost story (thank you, Carla!), I recently received my first review. I’d like to thank everyone who supports my writing. It means the world to me!
Dearest Jay: A Ghost Story can be downloaded on Amazon.com for $2.99.
P.S. Thank you, JLR, for this wonderful review. So happy you liked my story.
Hi friends and readers! I hope you’re doing well. In addition to writing my next novel, I just finished writing a new short story. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed working in it. I could hardly stop!
I was so proud of my short story, entitled Dearest Jay: A Ghost Story, that I published it. It can be purchased on Amazon.com in ebook format for $2.99. Here is the summary of the story:
Anne Lancaster is dying. As she writes the last words of her life, she recalls the most terrifying events she ever witnessed. She must reveal her biggest secret before she breathes her last breath and her family members pay the ultimate price.
Just like all people who have a passion for what they do, we want to do our best. We don’t want to achieve anything less than greatness. With the hope that we are doing all that we can to succeed, comes the constant fear of failing or even, making small mistakes.
I think as writers, some of us are under the impression that if we’re not perfect, we’re not talented. This is far from the truth. We don’t have to get everything right the first time (or at all, for that matter), to be good at what we do. We can make errors and still be good writers; still be skilled at what we love.
Let me give you an example. My dad has always been a constant support system in my life, especially when it comes to my writing. I’ll ask him to read my work and he’ll be 100% honest with me. He’s kind and helpful at the same time. Yesterday, he read what I have written so far of my new novel and found two issues. I admit, I felt a bit discouraged. Just because I want honesty, does not mean it doesn’t suck to find out that you’ve made some mistakes. Still, they are bound to happen in rough drafts and I immediately made the decision to work on fixing those issues today, which I just finished doing before I began this blog post.
It’s important to remember that nobody is perfect. We shouldn’t expect ourselves to do things without making some mistakes here and there. This may be a cliche, but what’s important is that we learn from our mistakes and never give up. What’s important is that we stay dedicated to doing our best.
*The title of this post is meant as a joke. I realize that writers are not better than non-writers.
Hey everybody! For the entire month of March, the paperback of my novella, Crimson Vows, is for sale on Amazon.com for $10.00. Thank you!
Hey everybody! I have had the pleasure to visit Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on several occasions now. In addition to the kind staff and wonderful products, the store also includes a cozy atmosphere with lots of seating. I thought I would share some pictures of Loganberry with you so that you might be inspired to visit next time you’re in the area.
Hi everyone! Due to two of my books now being sold at Loganberry Books, I thought I would take some time to write about the inspiration behind both my novel, Rest in Piece, and my novella, Crimson Vows.
REST IN PIECE
The main idea for Rest in Piece, a girl disappearing into a puzzle, came from the fact that my grandpa loved putting jigsaws together. My grandpa would hang some of the puzzles he put together downstairs and he had one, when I was younger, that was hung on the wall upstairs next to the bed.
Now while I can’t say for sure what that puzzle upstairs illustrated, I remember it as being something similar to a masquerade ball. Again, I was younger and oftentimes, memories from long ago tend to fade. Unfortunately, that puzzle got either thrown away or given away. I can honestly say that I wish I still had it in my possession. It inspired me to write and publish, my first book ever.
For some reason, I find the concept of characters becoming a part of inanimate objects, very interesting. To be part of a painting, a book, a movie, a puzzle, it fascinates me.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Rest in Piece is dedicated to my dad, who inspires me to write. I truly believe my talent for the written word was given to me from him.
Crimson Vows is a very intricate story, one that combines many genres. It contains crime, horror, mystery, and even fantasy.
The concept behind Crimson Vows was born from the power of, you guessed it, an inanimate object. I’m not going to give away the ending of the story, but an object played a huge part in how I came up with the plot of my latest book. The picture that formed in my head that led me to write the story in the first place centered around the object’s ability to clarify the danger of what lie ahead for one of the characters.
From that small image in my mind, grew an in-depth story about a criminal and a detective that discovers she has a special gift that will help her take that criminal down. Emily is only sixteen when the story begins and believing that she is anything more that an everyday teenager isn’t easy for her to accept. Eventually, however, she comes to terms with the truth and works hard to do what she knows she must.
Writing Crimson Vows was a new experience for me in that I’d never written crime fiction before. I wanted to write a detective story, but watching a few detective shows is way easier than actually writing a novella about crimes and all that goes into catching a killer. So after doing some research and taking my time, I can honestly say I’m proud of my first detective story. I even had a reader tell me he wanted more books written about the main character, which is something I really want to accomplish.
Crimson Vows is dedicated to my grandpa, who passed away in August 2018.
Loganberry Books is an independent bookstore located on 13015 Larchmere Blvd. in Shaker Heights, OH, 44120.